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  • A Trauma-Informed Approach

    Trauma-Informed Practices for School Staff teaches adults in your school how to recognize and respond to the effects of trauma in students.

    K-12 suicide prevention training in classroom

Trauma-Informed Practices for School Staff

We want all teachers and staff to be able to understand how trauma impacts their students and to have the skills to respond to the effects of trauma in school.

Trauma-Informed Practices for School Staff is a self-led, online training course that teaches administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and school-based mental health professionals how to:

  • Understand how trauma can impact students’ learning, behaviors, emotions, and social interactions at school
  • Utilize practical, universal strategies to support students and help them regulate their behaviors and emotions
  • Reduce the risk of re-traumatization using the frameworks of PACE Pause Acknowledge Connect Engage ℠ and Safety, Predictability, and Control
  • Mitigate the toll the work can take on school staff through sustainable well-being and self-care routines

The Benefits of Trauma-Informed Practices to Your School

When schools adopt a trauma-informed approach, they create safe, positive learning environments that benefit the entire school community through:

  • Positive changes in student behavior
  • Reduction in behavioral and disciplinary incidents
  • Improved academic engagement
  • Stronger student-staff and student-student relationships
Source: Cole, S. et al. (2019)

PACE Pause Acknowledge Connect Engage ℠

PACE Pause Acknowledge Connect Engage ℠ is a trauma-informed framework used in the workplace, schools, and community settings to support individuals triggered by feelings, environments, or times of year that remind them of a trauma they experienced.

The Trauma-Informed Practices for School Staff course uses PACE as a tangible tool to teach educators and school staff effective strategies for supporting the needs of students and reducing retraumatization. For example:

  • Pause and take a moment to regulate yourself and your student.
  • Acknowledge what is happening for you and for the student
  • Engage in next steps for support, planning, or redirection
  • Connect by listening and using nonverbal cues to show you care

Why Address Trauma in School


Foster Academic Achievement

Trauma can impact focus, attention, memory, organization, and task completion.


Behavior & Emotion Regulation

After a trauma, students may have difficulty regulating their emotions and may communicate dysregulation through being impulsive, reactive, disruptive, unsafe, or withdrawn.


Relationship Development

Trauma can affect student's ability to build and sustain relationships, trust peers and adults, and read social cues.


Support Student Mental Health

Students who experience trauma are at a greater risk for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What's Included in the Course

  • $500 per school (annual license)
  • Access to six, self-guided learning modules and 7 hours of learning
  • Downloadable course material with additional practice activities
  • Certificate of Completion upon successful conclusion of the course
  • Revisit modules as often as needed during your annual license

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