Trauma Responsive Practices for Education

(Trauma-Informed Practices)

What does it mean to be a trauma-responsive school?

To be a trauma responsive school 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:

What trauma-responsive trainings are available for FYSCPs?

FYSCPs can participate in the Trauma Responsive Schools: The Four Pillars Training Series and Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) pilot through FYSCP TAP. Please contact Mindy Corless at for more information.

Web Trainings & Videos

Stress, Trauma, and the Brain: Insights for Educators with Dr. Bruce Perry 

Trauma and Trauma-Informed Schools for Students

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

Support 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

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