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Schools and school districts continually seek ways to make every student feel valued, respected, safe, wanted and connected. Trauma-Informed practices function to create compassionate learning communities by understanding trauma and its effects, and working with the school community in responding to challenging behaviour in a way that supports the students, families, and staff alike. Using a Trauma-Informed lens with best practice from the field of Violence Prevention and Intervention Strategies, this training strives to provide a deeper understanding of how to create, measure and evaluate school connectedness.
By guiding and assisting with the positive development of classroom/school climate and culture, we ensure school communities where students feel safe, accepted and respected regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, or sexual orientation. Many students come to school each day because the school is the only place they feel physically safe, yet are not connected emotionally. This training will explore ways to reach out to these students to help create feelings of being valued, respected, and wanted.
This training also provides an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has created, including a look at trauma, and its impact on our youth, current social media trends, violent behaviour patterns, all facets of bullying, and successful intervention strategies.
- The What, Why, and How of Trauma-Informed Practice
- Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma
- What is Hate, Racism, Bias and Privilege
- Best practice in the design of and strengthening School Codes of Conduct
- Promoting connectedness and understanding the relationship between school culture/climate and school safety through assessment and improvement strategies
- Understanding the importance of the role of the physical environment in schools
- Knowledge of the difference between peer conflict, mean behaviour, and bullying behaviour
- Successful intervention strategies & tools to address the different types of bullying
- Effects of bullying behaviour on children and youth
- Assessing for violence potential in our schools through a Behavioural Threat Assessment Lens
- Managing social media & the evolution of sexting behaviour and sextortion
- Trauma-Informed practice – what is trauma, and how it impacts youth
- Understanding what kind of trauma youth may have been exposed to while physical distancing during the pandemic
- The importance of staying connected with high-risk and vulnerable youth and monitoring changes in behavioural baseline
- Criteria for program selection & implementation (e.g. social emotional learning)
- Diversity – design for the difference to address homophobia, racism, and systemic racism