Bringing Trauma-Informed Care to Schools

Schools are places of learning. There are times, however, when a history of trauma impedes or obstructs a child’s ability to establish friendships and take in new information. Often the adults at school feel lost about how to help such children, or too overwhelmed by the scope of the task.  This training is designed to help educators understand the effects of trauma and respond in ways that promote growth and healthy relationships.

Bringing Trauma Informed Care

Created by Loong Kwok, Psy.D., former Director of Education and Training at A Home Within. In addition, Loong serves as the Director of Child Services at the Access Institute, and maintains a private practice in San Francisco. He is interested in integrating psychodynamic theory with other areas of study, such as neuroscience, community mental health, and popular culture.

The content of the Curriculum trainings are based on relationship based therapy and practices, developed by the mental health team of A Home Within and Dr. Toni Heineman, author of Relational Treatment of Trauma and co-editor of Relationship Based Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.

This training covers some of the ways that trauma might be seen in a classroom, and offers approaches that can help children learn constructive ways to express, manage and contain their feelings so that they and their classmates can learn.

About the Training

The relationships children have with the adults at school are often some of the most important ongoing relationships they’ll have with any adult outside of their homes. These relationships have the potential to help heal the effects of trauma.  

At the end of this training you will:

  • Learn how trauma can interfere with the social, cognitive, emotional and behavioral processes needed to process new information
  • Understand how traumatic experiences can be acted out in the classroom
  • Understand calming and focusing techniques to help traumatized children and youth better take in new information

At the end of each training you will find:

  • a form for evaluating the training,
  • a form for submitting a question to our panel of experts.

Get your certificate here.

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