The concept of trauma-sensitive schools has been gaining attention due to a number of trends, including: (a) widespread knowledge of the long-term effects of adverse childhood experience through data from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, (2) the increased recognition that school-based mental health programs can be extremely effective in meeting unmet mental health care needs among children and adolescents, and (3) the increased recognition of the need to integrate mental health and education outcomes in school-based programs, especially in vulnerable communities.

This webinar series will provide an overarching model for trauma-informed care (TIC) in schools and a roadmap for creating a comprehensive trauma-sensitive school building or system. This series is intended for both school-based administrators, pupil personnel services staff (psychologists, guidance counselors, and social workers), and school-based mental health providers interested in creating schools prepared to address the pervasive impact of trauma. We strongly encourage school-based MH providers and pupil personnel staff to invite teachers, school administrators, and other school-based staff to participate in this series.