Schools play a significant role in addressing and lessening the effects of childhood trauma by recognizing the impact of adversity and trauma on students, parents, and staff and embedding policies and practices that foster well-being and resilience. Within MTSS, universal trauma-sensitive strategies are adopted schoolwide to have the broadest effect on culture and climate. Trauma-sensitive strategies should be aligned and integrated with other Tier 1 strategies and approaches with shared aims within MTSS, including social and emotional learning, restorative practices, and efforts related to equity and positive school climate, to have the greatest reach and impact. Targeted interventions for addressing the trauma-related mental health needs of students exposed to trauma are also made available where appropriate.
Fostering a Feeling of Safety
Students can't learn unless they feel safe. When it comes to student trauma, there is much that is beyond educators' power, but there is also a great deal they can do to build a supportive and sensitive environment where students feel safe, comfortable, take risks, learn, and even heal.