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Trauma-Sensitive Schools Collaborative

Trauma sensitive schools. Recognize the signs of childhood trauma.
Trauma sensitive schools and teachers. Understanding how trauma affects children.
Trauma sensitive schools. How trauma affects children.

Understanding Trauma: Learning Brain vs Survival Brain

Jacob Ham

Published on Jul 25, 2017

This video reframes a trauma perspective in terms of learning brain versus survival brain as a way to make it easier for teachers to talk about trauma with students. So a kid with trauma, or who is stuck in survival brain, is kind of like the baby elephant who doesn’t have protective adults around them. They can’t play and learn because they are way too focused on looking out for threats and danger.

So this is why, the most important things that schools can focus on, way more important than any techniques or curricula, is really whether or not they are creating that environment where students feel like they’re surrounded by these big mama elephants that are going to protect them and watch out for them and make them feel safe. When students have that, it unlocks their curiosity, their eagerness to learn and play as a way to learn. 

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and their impact

The truth about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and their impact on entire adult lives.

ACEs Connection: Join the movement to prevent ACEs, heal trauma & build resilience

Caregiversfilm.com Their passion. Their pain.

TSA (Treatment and Services Adaptation Center): Resiliency, Hope & Wellness in Schools

The Solution: Trauma Sensitive Schools

Trauma-Sensitive School Resources

Growing resilient communities through ACEs, education, engagement, activation and celebration.

Education Law Center: Unlocking the Door to Learning

Trauma-informed schools are essential in successfully addressing the broadening spectrum of ACEs


PowerPoint Presentation on Trauma Informed Classroom Approaches

PowerPoint Presentation on Integrating Trauma-Sensitive Practices

Trauma-informed care helps students and teachers connect better, in flexible learning settings.

Why Trauma-Informed Schools?

Helping Traumatized Children Learn

Helping Traumatized Children Learn

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

This Implementation Guide (located in resource files to download above - TSS Training Package Implementation Guide final) provides school and district leaders with an overview of all components of the Training Package. Specifically, it outlines the intended audience, purpose and implementation process for each package component, along with steps for reviewing and rolling out the materials. 

Growing Resilient Communities 2.0, ACEs Science Presentation Survey & Community Milestones Survey

Common trauma responses York County Human Services. yorkcountyhumanservices.org

Trauma-Informed Guides, Presentations, & Self-Assessment Tools

Creating Cultures of Trauma - Informed Care (CCTIC):

Thrive - Working Together for a Brighter tomorrow