Trauma Informed Schools: Leveraging SEL to Promote Equity and Healing (No cost for TMI PLC Members)

Trauma-Informed Schools: Leveraging SEL to Promote Equity and Healing


The Covid-19 pandemic is worsening existing mental health problems and leading to more cases among children and adolescents because of the unique combination of the public health crisis, social isolation, and economic recession. Importantly, mental health and academic achievement are linked, research shows.

Trauma is not limited to students. The education community is coming to the realization that teachers often carry their own trauma stressors and are prone to second-hand trauma. The essential act of listening to trauma stories may take an emotional toll that compromises professional functioning and diminishes quality of life. Individual and supervisory awareness of the effects of this indirect trauma exposure is a basic part of protecting the health of staff and ensuring that children consistently receive the best possible care from those who are committed to helping them. Educators are stewards not just of those who allow them into their lives but of their own capacity to be helpful.

Finally, trauma is known to weaken the culture of an organization. As Bloom wrote, “Just as the encroachment of trauma into the life of an individual client is an insidious process that turns the past into a nightmare, the present into a repetitive cycle of reenactment, and the future into a terminal illness, so too chronic strain insidiously impacts an organization.” (p.139)(Bloom 2010).

Please join us in this uniquely important day to deepen the practices of equity. Sharing and applying the practices of healing-informed organizations in response to trauma is the natural next step to building learning environments where students and educators can feel

This personal development opportunity will answer the questions:

  • How can we use this moment to help tap into our sense of purpose to fuel our practices that support our
    own well-being?
  • How are we creating spaces for adults to focus on self-care in ways that model what we want to happen
    for our students?
  • What are the effects of trauma on mind & body? / The Autonomic Ladder
  • What healing-informed responses, approaches, & practices will serve me in my role?
  • What can I do about my own trauma triggers?


Audience: All Grade PK-12 Educators
Instructor: Sharon McCarthy, EnVision President and TMI Lead Consultant and SEL Specialist
Location: Virtually Delivered

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  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)


Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 12:30 to 15:30
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