Incorporating Trauma-Informed Practices into the Classroom

Last updated February 6, 2023

Incorporating Trauma-Informed Practices into the Classroom

Last updated February 6, 2023

Equip yourself with the tools to address trauma and mental health in your classroom.

Overview

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study in the nineties taught us the prevalence of traumatic experience in society, as well as how trauma influences lifelong learning, health, and behavior. Researchers have found correlations between high ACEs scores (indicating more traumatic experience) and learning or behavior problems, lower grades, and a higher rate of academic failure. While mental health is not a new issue to higher education, the COVID-19 pandemic and other unprecedented events have significantly impacted college student mental health and stress levels. It has therefore become increasingly vital for faculty to understand the effects of trauma and stress on the minds and behaviors of students so that they can tailor their pedagogical approach to better meet their students’ needs.

Join us for a virtual training where our expert speaker Heather Rist will walk you through the effect of trauma, how it presents in the classroom, and how to implement classroom management techniques to reduce the risk of re-traumatization. You will learn to identify the signs and symptoms of trauma, as well as how to calm someone experiencing heightened trauma symptoms and to then connect them with appropriate care and resources on campus.

Who should attend?

Faculty, graduate teaching assistants, or staff who are responsible for teaching both in-person and online will benefit most from this training. In addition, non-instructional staff who work closely with students may benefit as well.

Agenda

May 22, 2023

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

 

Understanding Trauma and Its Effects on Learning

In Part One of this training, our speaker will walk you through the science of trauma and its prevalence in higher education. You will also learn the impact of chronic stress and trauma on the developing brain and learning, as well as how to identify the signs and symptoms of trauma in students.

 


 

Addressing Trauma in Your Classroom

In this section of the training, we will focus on how to best manage your classroom to reduce the risk of the re-traumatization of students. Our speaker will walk you through the role of faculty in connecting students to resources and care, de-escalation techniques and calming tools for the classroom, and how to set compassionate boundaries and reduce triggers in the classroom.