“Promoting trauma-informed school approaches has the greatest potential to positively impact all students, regardless of trauma history.”
– National Association of School Psychologists
Unaddressed trauma is a public health crisis. Experiences of psychological trauma can impede cognitive, social, and emotional development, which can impair youth academic achievement, behavior, interpersonal skills, and general success in school.
Implementing a culturally responsive, equity focused trauma-informed approach addresses the whole child in the areas of academic, social, emotional, and physical health, and in so doing improves the ability of the student to increase engagement in school. Trauma-informed approaches also focus on the adults in the school community supporting staff wellness. Every member of the school community benefits from implementing trauma-informed practices.
At Resilient Futures, we think about trauma through the lens of resilience. We define resilience as the capacity to grow and thrive, with strength and tenacity, in the face of trauma and oppression for both individuals and communities. Aligned with these beliefs, our mission is to foster equitable, safe and resilient communities for all youth. Resilient Futures has a proven history of providing training and consultation to school communities. Equity and social justice are central to our approach. We have a “faculty” of current classroom teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, and experts in the fields of social justice and equity who are often available to co-facilitate trainings, sharing their lived experiences of implementing trauma-informed practices in their classrooms and schools.
A Whole-School Approach
Trauma-informed approaches are particularly suited to collaboration because they provide a common framework. Expanding on established practices within a school system, including culturally responsive education, equity, social emotional learning, restorative practices and engaged teaching build on existing systems and ensure sustainability. Through collaboration trauma-informed practices are not seen as an “add-on” but an integral part of a culture shift within the school community.
Resilient Futures implements the evidence-informed HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools) framework that is an equity focused, whole school approach to promote success and resilience for trauma-impacted youth that was developed in 2008 at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) by Joyce Dorado PhD and Miriam Martinez, PhD.
The HEARTS framework supports long-term systemic change by creating school-wide literacy of the impact of trauma on learning and emotional functioning while embedding universal supports that are preventative, collaborative, and intentional. Resilient Futures works in close collaboration with school and/or district leadership to build capacity of school personnel to successfully implement trauma-informed practices.
The full, site-based program includes foundational training for ALL school staff followed with a Resilient Futures consultant onsite to provide capacity-building consultation to successfully integrate trauma-informed practices into procedures, polices and pedagogy. The frequency of consultation depends upon needs and resources of a school. The Resilient Futures Executive Team has a proven history of implementing trauma-informed practices with a range of schools including early education, elementary, K-8, middle school and high schools over the past six years. Our experience helps schools move from theory to practice.
Resilient Futures is able to provide a range of services from full-scale implementation to staff trainings. Please contact us to help guide your transformation to becoming trauma-informed.
Resilient Futures utilizes an intensive training program based on a “Train the Trainer” Model toward creating organization capacity and sustainability with a primary goal of services coming from within the school community. Our intensive training establishes an interactive professional development collaboration to increase capacity and sustainability for integrating trauma-informed best practices.
Participation in the training requires a year commitment which includes a two day in person training followed by nine intensive training/consultation sessions held monthly. Participants will be expected to complete readings and other homework as assigned by the trainers. Monthly training sessions can be facilitated virtually to accommodate rural and out of state schools and districts. At the end of the training teams will be equipped to support HEARTS implementation in their schools.
KIND WORDS ABOUT RESILIENT FUTURES:
“Trauma-Informed HEARTS training is imperative in my opinion for all educators at every level of education.” – Middle School Teacher