Guide: Creating Trauma-Informed Policies: A Practice Guide for School & Mental Health Leadership

Creating compassionate policies is a cornerstone strategy of educational leadership. This guide provides a deep dive into developing, implementing, and evaluating trauma-informed and compassionate school policies. It highlights four "choice points" for education and mental health leadership:


  • Choice Point 1: Names & Definitions
  • Choice Point 2: Platforms & Levers
  • Choice Point 3: Approach
  • Choice Point 4: Match Process to Product


This guide is designed to be hands-on! Each choice point comes with examples, guiding questions for leadership, and practice suggestions to help policy come alive. Also, see the accompanying infographic.


The guide is written especially for Pacific Southwest states and islands, featuring extensive examples of policy and practice from the region.

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