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USBE Trauma Sensitive Schools Professional Development

Trauma-sensitive schools recognize that trauma affects students, families, communities, and schools. Many children experience trauma amidst ongoing exposure throughout their early development, such as abuse, neglect, homelessness, or violence. Although not all exposure to trauma leads to difficulty in functioning, research tells us that exposure to trauma and toxic stress can lead to difficulties with learning and behavior. Schools are uniquely positioned to prevent and mitigate the impacts of traumatic exposure on students. Promoting trauma-informed school practices has the greatest potential to positively impact student outcomes, regardless of trauma history. By becoming a trauma-sensitive school, schools can become a protective factor for students’ and increase their social, emotional, and academic skills, while safeguarding the well-being of school personnel who strive to meet the unique needs of all learners.

Through online coursework via Canvas, the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Professional Development follows a Trauma-Skilled Schools Model (National Dropout Prevention Center, 2018) and is delivered in the following three phases:

  • Phase 1: Trauma-Informed Learning Modules
  • Phase 2: Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules
  • Phase 3: Trauma-Sensitive Schools Implementation and Maintenance Learning Modules

Past events

 April 22, 20222022 Spring Workshop: Student Suicidality Response, Treatment Connections, and Prevention Panel 
 February 25, 2022 2022 Online Webinar: Building with Books: Stories that Strengthen Kids - Melissa Heath, PhD
 November 12, 2021 2021 Fall Conference: Culturally Responsive School Mental Health Services - Janine Jones, PhD
  February 19, 2021 2021 Online Webinar: Transformative Vision for Educational Equity - Paul Gorski, PhD
 January 15, 2020 2020 Online Webinar and Discussion: Tips for Addressing School Psychologist Shortages - Gerald Trelease, PhD
 November 13, 2019 2019 Online Webinar: Joint Utah Coalition for School Based Specialists (UCSS) Panel Discussion
 October 25, 2019 2019 Fall Conference: Social Media and Mental Health: Living a Balanced and Happy Life - Sarah Coyne, PhD

 November 30, 2018

2018 Fall Conference: Meeting Students' Academic, Behavioral, and Social Needs: Working in Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-Tiered (C13T) Models of Prevention - Kathleen Lynne Lane, PhD
 March 23, 2018
2018 Spring Workshop: Social Justice in Utah Schools: Ethics, Planning, Doing - Reverend France Davis
 November 17, 2017
2017 Fall Conference: Social Justice in Schools: Understanding Best Practice and Action - David Shriberg, PhD
 November 14, 2016
2016 Fall Conference: Non-suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) and Suicidal Behavior: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention - Melissa Reeves, PhD, NCSP, LPC
 April 29, 2016
2016 Spring Workshop: Cultivating Empathy, Compassion, and Mindfulness in Schools and Ourselves - Christelle Estrada, PhD and Jason Tackett, BS
 November 13, 2015
2015 Fall Conference: Helping Transgender and Gender Diverse Students Succeed at Home and at School - Todd A. Savage, PhD, NCSP
 May 15, 2015
2015 Spring Workshop: Moving Beyond the Obvious: Ethical Guidelines in Tough Situations - Dr. Melissa Heath, PhD, NCSP
 November 13-14, 2014
2014 Fall Conference: Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents: Assessment and Intervention - Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP
 May 9, 2014
2014 Spring Workshop: Ethical Challenges in the School Setting - Carol Lear, JD and Heidi Alder, JD
 November 14-15, 2013
2013 Fall Conference: Improving School Climate and Student Behavior Through Positive Behavior Supports - Rob Horner, PhD

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