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Becoming Trauma-Informed: A Primer for Educators

On Demand

Available for pre-enrollment! Access begins 11/11/2020.

More than two-thirds of people report experiencing at least one traumatic event by age 16. For some, school is a respite from the anxiety and worry at home, but for others, well-meaning teachers are doing more harm than good by not being trauma-aware. It is essential that educators know how to identify and help students who face the impacts of trauma. 

This course is designed to provide educational professionals with a basic understanding of psychological trauma and its impact in both K-12 and higher education and strategies for intervention. Learners will be able to recognize and respond to signs of traumatic stress and know where to find additional help when necessary.  

Course Topics: 

  • Basic information about trauma, toxic stress, and adverse childhood experiences 

  • The impact of trauma and toxic stress 

  • The neuroscience of trauma and toxic stress 

  • Strategies for building resilience 

  • Intervention approaches and the importance of prevention 

  • How educators can identify and address toxic stress and trauma in students 

  • Self-care when working with students in crisis 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Explain how trauma affects students. 

  • Recognize trauma behaviors inside and outside of the classroom. 

  • Apply intervention strategies to address toxic stress and trauma with students. 

  • Use self-care strategies when working as a trauma-aware educator.

Course Length: 8 hours

Educator CEUs: 8

Course Format: Self-paced