Making the Case for Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools; HHS Region 8


Making the Case for Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools - Workshop Wednesday Session

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Session Description

Talking about trauma in a school setting can be difficult. There may be resistance from the school or district administration. It may bring up past feelings or memories of one's own trauma history. There are many factors to plan for and address when providing training on trauma-informed practices (TIP) in your school or community. This training provided strategies for talking about trauma in schools, tips for self-regulation and self-care for trainers, and needs assessment tools to determine the most important topics to focus on. In addition, the trainer shared implementation guidance for structuring and developing effective TIP training in your school. 


Participants can expect to:


  1. Strengthen their understanding of trauma and how it impacts the classroom. 
  2. Gain strategies for managing the impact of trauma in the classroom. 
  3. Discuss implementing needs assessments to effectively design TIP training in your school. 



Stefanie Winfield, MSW

stefanie-winfieldStefanie Winfield is the School Mental Health Coordinator for the Mountain Plains MHTTC and a Research and Technical Assistance Associate with the WICHE Behavioral Health Program. As the school mental health lead, her work focuses on providing intensive technical assistance and training to educators, teachers administrators and all school staff on ways to improve and enhance school mental health. Stefanie has extensive experience working in schools promoting youth sexual health, conflict and anger management, behavioral health education, and school-based health care. With over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits and community organizations, Stefanie has done everything from grant management and implementation, to program and outcome evaluation, training and facilitation.

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