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Student Trauma

Course Coordinator:

Chelsea Prax

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. The American Federation of Teachers offers school-based union members an opportunity to become trainers in trauma-informed practices with “Student Trauma.”

Facilitators use case studies, discussion, guided practice, diverse media, embedded practice, reflection activities and more to deeply engage participants.

Course Objectives:
• Develop content expertise in psychological trauma; understand how exposure to violence impacts children’s brains, bodies and behaviors;
• Practice several primary prevention strategies to protect children from the impact of violence exposure and to promote healthy childhood development; and
• Learn steps toward building a trauma-informed school, including lessons from other AFT affiliates.

Course participants become trainers by practicing delivery and demonstrating content expertise. Trainers are also expected to deliver workshops, for example, through their school, district and/or union.

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