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Guides & Fact Sheets

Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators

Helps educators and school staff recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help students heal. 

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system. 

Websites

Trauma-Informed Schools

Children's reactions to trauma can interfere considerably with learning and behavior at school. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed tools and materials to help educators, school staff, and administrators understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children.

Treatment and Services Adaptation Center

Resources for education and mental health professionals.

HEARTS

Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in School: Partnering with school communities to promote healing, social justice, and school success. 

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Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Childhood adversity, toxic stress, and trauma can negatively impact students’ ability to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.