Educators play a critical role in helping their students thrive. Now they can learn or refresh their skills in supporting children and youth who have experienced trauma.
Over the years, the need for trauma-informed student support has increased, and educators and school staff need to be equipped with the best ways to provide it. The COVID-19 pandemic heightened that need further.
Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and McKinsey Health Institute collaborated to develop the Trauma-Informed Educator Training Series as a free, interactive training program for K-12 educators.
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"I liked that the course was completely self-paced. That helped me to keep my own stress levels in check since I could complete the course at my leisure."
“I use the skills I learned daily. These skills are essential to supporting not only our students, but also ourselves.”
"I appreciated hearing from actual teachers and staff on the front lines. It helped to hear how my peers handled specific situations and approached conversations with their students."
"Every teacher in our school should be required to take this training. I think it should be mandatory each year."
80% of the training focuses on skills that educators can apply in the moment with students in their classroom.
The training contains the voices and stories of peer educators, families, caregivers and children sharing their lived experiences.
The training applies adaptive leadership theory to help educators build their own resilience and skills to support students.
The training highlights the impact that community-level trauma and implicit bias has – especially on students of color.
Educators need the flexibility to develop skills on their own schedule. This digital training lets them control the pace and come back to it when they can.
The training is grounded in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) “4 R's” of a trauma-informed approach, an easy-to-remember framework that can be used in many situations.
The Trauma-Informed Educator Training Series includes four sessions that build on each other. In each session, you will learn and practice skills that you can start using immediately in your classroom and with students, hear from peer educators, students, families, and experts, and reflect upon your own goals and intentions as a trauma-informed educator.
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This training is based on the “4 R's of a Trauma-Informed Approach,” a tool developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration with input from researchers and trauma survivors.
The 4 R's:
This series was primarily designed for K-12 educators and classroom-based staff. However, many of the insights, skills and perspectives shared in the course may be relevant to anyone who works with children or youth. Among those who may also benefit from this training are paraprofessionals, school-based service professionals (e.g., physical, occupational, and speech therapists), coaches, after-school program staff, and librarians.
This training has increased educators’ confidence in supporting students, families, and caregivers who are experiencing or have experienced trauma, while also reducing the stress educators feel when facing these challenging situations. Results gathered from initial pilots have shown:
The training is free and can be shared widely.
The training series has four sessions, each approximately one hour long. The sessions are self-guided and on a digital platform.
Educators have found it helpful to do one session per week so that they can practice the skills and techniques in the classroom after each session. The four-session series is not intended to be completed in a single sitting. However, you can set your own pace.
We do ask that, once started, the training be completed within four to six weeks so that we can open more slots to additional educators.
Yes! Participants who progress through the training modules together can share tips and personal experiences. A live discussion guide is available to help facilitate conversations that reinforce learning. You can download it from the "Resources" page.
If you are a district or school administrator considering this training as an addition to your professional development (PD), please contact us. We would be glad to provide you with additional information about how to set up your group to take the training together.
For groups, buildings, or districts interested in advanced technical assistance, the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children offers additional tiered support services, including but not limited to:
Please contact us for additional detail and Mayerson's pricing options.
We are glad to support educators in continuing education. The steps to establish continuing education credits vary by state. Participants will receive a certificate of completion documenting four hours of didactic learning. (Submission of the post-course evaluation is required for participants to receive the certificate.)
Participants, ask your school administrator how to receive credit.
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