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Trauma-Informed Care Course for NYC Teachers!

Updated: Sep 2, 2021

In Partnership with

Cowart Trauma Informed Partnership

is pleased to announce an

upcoming course for the

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;

  • Modifying the physical space of their classrooms based on trauma-informed principles;

  • Examining school discipline policies through a trauma-informed lens and how to interrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline” through which students with disabilities and students of color experience disproportionate disciplinary measures; and

  • Critically evaluating/constructing lessons centered on sensitive topics including immigration and race from a culturally- and trauma-sensitive perspective.


This is a 5-week, 45-hour course.

  • The course will be delivered remotely on-line, through Google Classroom.

  • The first four sessions of the course will be delivered asynchronously (you work at your own time and pace), with instructor facilitation and forum discussion encouraged.

  • The final class will be an in-person discussion session.

Each of the first four sessions will include a pre-recorded presentation and a variety of the following:

  • Selected readings and multi-media sources for participants to review;

  • A quiz on the material presented; and/or

  • Questions, activities, or writing assignments that require participants to apply the materials covered to their classes, schools, or lessons.

Two Opportunities!

Click on your preferred session below to register:


NYC DOE Teachers: To receive full CTLE and salary differential credit for this course you must register with ASPDP on their website. If you do not complete the ASPDP registration by the registration deadline, you will not be eligible for A+ or P credits towards your salary differential. If you have questions about using ASPDP courses towards the salary differential, please email ASPDP at

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