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10 Trauma-Informed Strategies to Help Students Heal

Course Coordinator:

Chelsea Prax

About the course

Participants will learn and practice 10 research-based trauma-informed practices to boost student resilience. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how adversity can impact children’s developing brains, bodies and behaviors. They will also explore primary prevention strategies that promote healing after various traumatic events. The remote delivery format does not cover all AFT “student trauma” course content. Rather, this special edition offers immediately applicable concepts with attention to the global coronavirus pandemic. The remote course is not modular; trainers and participants are expected to complete all five sessions in order.

Course Objectives:
• Analyze behavior for signs of the toxic stress response.
• Explain inter-relationships between resilience, (personal, relational and social) protective factors and psychological wellness.
• Explain unique challenges to wellness found in the education field.
• List common trauma triggers and their behavioral manifestations.
• Identify risk factors for developing mental illness following a crisis event.
• Identify common manifestations of grief in children at different developmental stages.
• Identify the impact of oppression on young people.
• Evaluate approaches to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression.
• Clarify the values that undergird a trauma-informed approach.
• Identify restorative practices that change inappropriate behavior.

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