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School Personnel

Research suggests that approximately 25% of American children will experience at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. A child's reactions to trauma can interfere considerably with learning and/or behavior at school. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed tools and materials to help educators, school staff, and administrators understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children. In addition to the NCTSN resources highlighted below, School Personnel can learn more about creating trauma-informed schools in the Trauma-Informed Care section of this website.

NCTSN Resource

Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after Mass Violence

Type: Fact Sheet

Offers teachers guidance on helping students after a mass violence event. This fact sheet describes common reactions students may have, how teachers and school staff can help, as well as engage in self-care after a mass violence event.

NCTSN Resource

Impact of Complex Trauma

Type: Fact Sheet

Offers information about complex trauma. This fact sheet details the impact of complex trauma, the effects of complex trauma, the long-term health consequences, and the economic impact of complex trauma.

NCTSN Resource

Organizational Secondary Traumatic Stress

Type: Webinar

Addresses the impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) in organizational settings. This webinar offers information on risk management and workforce development as they are related to STS, as well as strategies to reduce the impact of STS in an organizations.

NCTSN Resource

Secondary Traumatic Stress

Type: Webinar

Addresses the complex impact of secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.

NCTSN Resource

Preparing Our Children for Emergencies

Type: Webinar

Describes how best to prepare our children for emergencies. This webinar discusses how to prepare for events from a community preparedness and resilience standpoint, as well as emergency preparedness within school settings.

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