About the course
Children face many adverse childhood experiences—violence, abuse, neglect, loss and more. The result can be psychological trauma, which interrupts healthy development. AFT professional learning helps educators support students with trauma. Course content is grounded in diverse research, including resources from university research centers and federal government technical assistance packages. Facilitators use case studies, discussion, diverse media, embedded practice, reflection activities and more to engage in three main ways:
-Live, interactive sessions via Zoom.
-Discussion prompts and essential readings via AFTeLearning.org.
-A workbook, shipped by the AFT, that complements both live and self-paced course work.
Participants gain a deeper understanding of how adversity can impact children’s developing brains, bodies and behaviors. They also explore universal primary prevention strategies that promote healing after traumatic events. Participants learn and practice 10 research-based trauma-informed practices to boost student resilience:
-Teach students about trauma.
-Make everyday interactions trauma-informed.
-Be healthfully present.
-Facilitate positive experiences as a supportive adult.
-Teach resilience step-by-step.
-Help students manage their triggers.
-Support grieving students.
-Respect risk and assess assets.
-Speak up, share power.
-Envision new ways forward with attention to wellness.
Upon completion, participants receive a digital certificate from the AFT for 20 hours (15 hours in live sessions and 5 hours of independent work). Participants may choose to dual enroll in Trinity Washington University for two graduate-level continuing education credits at a total cost of $250.