Trauma is something that ay one can undergo due to various reasons from the death of a loved one to domestic violence. And even children are not resilient to it. Students can undergo various sorts of trauma that can affect both their personal lives as well as their academic lives. While it is identified in several studies that trauma has a direct effect on the academic abilities of a student, there are way through which a school can help the children who are facing several challenges due to trauma. Take a look at the flowing to find out.

Creating a Trauma Informed School

Trauma informed school is a term used to identify a school community that is well aware of the trauma, the possible causes behind it, consequences of it as well as ways to avoid, reduce or treat it.  Schools can do this by providing better access to mental and emotional wellbeing of their students, providing physical and emotional safety and creating a responsive and positive school community.

How to Turn a School into a Trauma Informed School?

How can a school create a trauma awareness community? This can be done in several methods. Offering access to psychotherapy to students who are facing several mental illnesses or faced a traumatic incident, providing trauma training to the school staff, creating awareness programs that make the students as well as teachers understand trauma, taking necessary actions to make students who are facing several difficulties due to trauma feel included and taken care of, directing the students who are in need of medical care to necessary treatments.

For this, the school system needs to come together in ensuring that all the facilities and resources are available within the school grounds to train the staff and the children as well as to provide treatments to the children.

Services Prided by Trauma Informed School

A trauma informed school that take necessary steps to achieve the above-mentioned conditions can offer several services to children undergoing trauma. This includes social-emotional skill development, school-wide education about trauma, data monitoring and routine screening, cognitive behaviour therapy and individualized intensive support, parent and caregiver education and involvement and community partnerships to coordinate care.

Benefits of Creating a Trauma Informed School

A school like this can offer many benefits to children who are facing various challenges as opposed to making them feel isolated or depressed after a life altering traumatic experience. Some of the benefits are Improving relationship skills, encouraging self-regulation and mutual support, increasing participation in the school community, decreasing dependence on staff to recognize students at risk, establishing school-wide understanding of trauma and its impacts, improving emotional intelligence and communication skills, providing access to school-based counselling, supporting resilient recovery for those directly affected, improving attendance, behaviour, and graduation rates, directly addressing trauma’s impact on academic success and creating a school-wide culture that welcomes and supports all students.

Most students who are not treated with the right treatment or care methods after a traumatic experience tend to lean towards more negative means of dealing with trauma and can show symptoms such as withdrawal from their studies, cognitive disabilities, increased risky behaviours and depression. This is why it is important to create a school system that knows exactly how to help children and guide them.


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