School Mental Health: Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative

 School Mental Health: Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative


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Educators are often the first line of support in addressing mental health needs for students. They recognize the impact mental health has on learning and achievement. The Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC) is the learning community of the New England MHTTC’s School Mental Health Initiative. Our mission is to enhance school culture and prepare professionals in education and mental health to improve and support the mental health and resiliency of school-aged children in the New England region, particularly those who have/are at-risk of experiencing trauma.

Through the C-TLC, public and private Pre-K-12 schools in New England gain access to evidence-based mental health resources to enhance their awareness of childhood trauma and related neurobiological implications. Our training and technical assistance supports focus on the benefits of mindfulness practices for youth, as well as ways to strengthen, value, and increase social emotional competence, accelerate learning, and develop a sense of well-being for students, teachers, and the wider school community.


School Mental Health News and Updates

During the second week of May, the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative, in partnership with SAMHSA, launched the Healthcare workers and Educators Addressing and Reducing (HEART) Collective’s  #TakeHEART campaign to promote effective school mental health collaborations between schools and partners, such as community health centers, mental and behavioral health agencies, and other community-based organizations. Join us this week and throughout Children’s Mental Health Month in partnering to support youth mental health and well-being by visiting the HEART Collective website to:

May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Everyone from the Surgeon General to teachers to families agree that there is currently a youth mental health crisis. This is in part because of the isolation young people experienced during the pandemic and in part due to the race-based violence and discrimination, poverty, and other social pressures so many young people experience. While many schools and districts promote social-emotional learning and normalize conversations about mental well-being and the full spectrum of emotional experiences, families and educators in other school communities face pressure to strip any mention of mental health from their curricula.


Our Program: Working Together to Address Trauma

Is your school prepared to care for all of the students, staff, and families in your community? Our program is designed to help school communities establish a compassionate cultural foundation for strong relationships and holistic skills to weather stress, trauma, and promote well-being for the entire school population. View our Compassionate School Mental Health model and lean into this approach to leadership and social-emotional learning via our Cultivating Compassionate Schools Community of Practice.


Local Experts in the Field

The C-TLC is supported by a diverse group of 20 educational leaders and mental health professionals who disseminate trauma-skilled, child-centered resources that improve resilience, learning, and achievement for children who have experienced/are at risk of experiencing trauma. C-TLC Fellows and Ambassadors help school staff to vision, plan, and monitor the implementation of compassionate practices.


Join the C-TLC

Through the C-TLC, educators and behavioral health professionals working with youth in schools and/or agencies or nonprofit organizations gain access to evidence-based mental health resources to enhance their awareness of childhood trauma and related neurobiological implications. Review and complete our C-TLC Membership Application. Return your completed form to our Education Coordinator Dana Asby ([email protected]; 800-994-6441)


Products and Resources

C-TLC resources include webinars, book study opportunities, and curated articles and learning resources, as well as a members-only community of practice where members connect virtually across organizations, districts, and states to share knowledge and experience. To view our resources, click here


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Compassion Action

Our bimonthly e-newsletter shares best practices for cultivating compassionate school communities that support positive well-being and mental health. View our archive and sign up to receive our publication.


Training Highlights

Is your school trauma-skilled? Are you/your colleagues looking for mental health resources to better support your students? Join our complimentary online events designed to strengthen mental health supports that address the needs of children who have experienced/are at risk of experiencing significant trauma. View our archived trainings in the New England MHTTC Resources and Products Catalog.

Visit our Virtual Training Library to select a learning track and drive professional development activities as you/your colleagues begin or extend your journey toward compassionate school mental health practices that support school staff, students, parents, and the wider school community.


Cultivating Compassionate School Communities that Respond to Trauma Effectively

Compassionate Leadership: Preventing and Addressing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Welcoming Students, Staff, and Families Back to School with Compassion

Giving Youth the Tools to Advocate for Their Well-Being


Resource Highlights

The C-TLC publishes and disseminates learning resources—issue briefs, fact sheets, reports, and toolkits—that examine current topics and concerns related to children’s mental health and trauma-informed compassionate school practices.


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2021-2022 Survey of the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC) Fellows



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