Trauma-Informed Practices

What does it mean to be trauma-informed?

To be trauma-informed means to have an understanding of the negative impact of trauma on a person’s physical and mental health. For educators, it means to have an awareness of how trauma is prevalent in students’ behavior, learning, and overall well-being. Trauma-informed schools have staff who understand the importance of the 4R’s of trauma-informed support. According to the NCTSN, those four R’s are:

  • Realizing the impact that trauma has on a student and/or entire community

  • Recognizing signs of trauma

  • Responding to the needs of those impacted by trauma

  • Resisting re-traumatization

What Trauma-Informed Practices (TIPS) trainings are available for FYSCPs?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing Safer at Home orders, the TAP team will host a series of virtual trauma workshops. These workshops will temporarily take the place of the previously scheduled training of trainers. They are designed to provide FYSCPs with the knowledge, strategies, and resources to offer technical assistance in the area of trauma-informed practices to their schools, districts, and partnering organizations.

Go to the Current Events page for FYSCP trauma-informed training dates and registration details.

Go to the Past Events page to view materials provided at previous trainings.

Web Trainings & Videos

Trauma and Trauma-Informed Schools for Students

Greater Good Education Program, produced by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center

Supporting You Supporting Students: Psychological First Aid (April 23, 2020)

Wellness Together School Mental Health & California Department of Education

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

TEDMED Talk by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools

STARR Commonwealth

Web Links & Documents

COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Resources for Foster Youth

(FYSCP TAP 3.2020)

Coping with COVID-19

DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs ) Science 101

ACEs Too High News

CDC-Kaiser ACE Study (1998)

Investigation of childhood abuse and neglect, household challenges, later-life health and well-being

Trauma/PTSD Articles for Caregivers & Professionals

Child Trauma Academy

Trauma Resources for Caregivers & Families

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Trauma and Prevention: Creating Awareness

DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package

National Center of Safe Supportive Learning Environments

About Childhood Trauma

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)


Headed Back to School: Trauma-Informed MTSS

School Counselors for MTSS

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom (2017)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (2008)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Young Children in Foster Care (2012)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach for LGBTQ Youth

National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Concept of Trauma & Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Findings from Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth Study (2010)

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

What Is a Trauma-Informed School?

Treatment & Services Adaptation Center

Trauma-Informed Care Prevention and Recovery Resources

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)