Being trauma-informed is not asking, “What is wrong with you?”

But instead asking “What happened to you?”.

Trauma-Informed Schools 

In Smith County, approximately 6,000 children between the ages of 2 – 18 years have experienced some form of trauma.  Trauma causes the brain to go into survival mode. A child will prioritize survival over most things, even over learning.  Classroom behaviors displayed by children of trauma can be misunderstood as acts of defiance when underneath the misbehavior is a child suffering from abuse, chronic stress, shame and broken trust. School administrators and educators work daily with these children but may be unaware of who the students are and how to help.

Being a Trauma Informed School is a commitment to identify, understand and address the needs of children of trauma through daily practices that focus on building trusting relationships and emotional safety. Through the Trauma Informed Schools training provided the CACSC, schools undergo a paradigm shift at the administrative and staff level which shapes school culture, classroom climate and social interactions so students of trauma build resilience and are able to self-regulate their behavior and emotions. This effort positively impacts the entire school and changes the life trajectory of vulnerable students.

Initially CAC piloted the Trauma Informed Schools training to two school districts and three schools in Smith County. Due to the success of our program and highly positive feedback from principals, teachers and counselors who participated, we are now opening our program to other Smith County Schools.

To learn how your district and schools can be part of Trauma Informed Schools Certification training, contact Darlene Marshall, Director at dmarshall@cacsmithcounty.org.

Trauma-Informed Schools

In Smith County, approximately 6,000 children between the ages of 2 – 18 years have experienced some form of trauma.  Trauma causes the brain to go into survival mode. A child will prioritize survival over most things, even over learning.  Classroom behaviors displayed by children of trauma can be misunderstood as acts of defiance when underneath the misbehavior is a child suffering from abuse, chronic stress, shame and broken trust. School administrators and educators work daily with these children but may be unaware of who the students are and how to help.

Being a Trauma Informed School is a commitment to identify, understand and address the needs of children of trauma through daily practices that focus on building trusting relationships and emotional safety. Through the Trauma Informed Schools training provided the CACSC, schools undergo a paradigm shift at the administrative and staff level which shapes school culture, classroom climate and social interactions so students of trauma build resilience and are able to self-regulate their behavior and emotions. This effort positively impacts the entire school and changes the life trajectory of vulnerable students.

Initially CAC piloted the Trauma Informed Schools training to two school districts and three schools in Smith County. Due to the success of our program and highly positive feedback from principals, teachers and counselors who participated, we are now opening our program to other Smith County Schools.

To learn how your district and schools can be part of Trauma Informed Schools Certification training, contact Darlene Marshall, Director at dmarshall@cacsmithcounty.org.