Announcing Trauma-Informed Education Courses!
Updated: Sep 2
In Partnership with
Cowart Trauma Informed Partnership
is pleased to announce an
upcoming course for educators
Teachers may earn 3 A+ credits!
We all know that the everything changed last March.
Even before, studies showed that a significant portion of the population have experienced trauma, or harmful or life-threatening events which have impacted their everyday functioning or well-being. Research shows that individuals living in poverty or with a disability are even more at risk for having experienced trauma in their lifetimes. Add in a global pandemic and a social justice movement unlike any we have seen in decades. Tensions were already at an all-time high when the US Capitol was breached, highlighting the divisions in our population, the erosion of trust in our government, and the difference in how Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color are treated by law enforcement.
Many of us are experiencing the full-force of these traumatic events—and children are just as susceptible as anyone else.
This course is designed to bridge the gap from
knowing about the effects of trauma
to being able to fully implement a
trauma-informed approach in your classroom!
Have you ever thought:
"I know about trauma, but I don't know how to help my students who have experienced it. I certainly don't want to make it worse."
This course goes well beyond an introductory understanding, and will equip you with tools you can use in your classroom right away.
Though presentations, selected readings and multi-media sources, written activities, and discussions, this course will examine trauma and its possible effects on students and teachers, and provide participants with ways to intervene against harmful effects. The course will explore the research on toxic stress, and explain how it can impact a child’s education. Grounded in an understanding of how structural racism and system-induced trauma impact education, it will explore the key principles of a trauma-informed approach, and how they can be applied in an educational setting to achieve equitable and just outcomes.
Participants will work with concepts that will help them lower stress levels of their students. This will have a direct impact on student health, well-being, and educational outcomes. Topics of this 45-hour course will include:
Learning how to identify possible triggers in their classes, and how to mitigate them;
Identifying times when they interacted with a student that they now suspect may have been displaying symptoms of trauma, and develop alternative ways of handling similar situations in the future;
Exploring how multicultural identities can impact teaching and learning;
Avoiding the re-traumatization of students and helping them regulate their emotions and build resilience;
Addressing the power differentials that are at play in a classroom, and how privilege impacts relationships;
Understanding the difference between: intent and impact; and equality and equity;
Identifying common institutional beliefs that contribute to inequities;
Learning how to de-escalate situations and help students better regulate their behavior;
Considering the merits of universal trauma screening in schools;