Counseling & Special Ed


Course No. ED472f, ED572f

Research shows that approximately 25%, 1 in 4 students, experiences or witness a major traumatic event by the age of 4 years old (Hydon, et al., 2015). In order to reach and support all students, we must approach everything we do through a trauma-informed lens. This means that we see the whole child, that we take life experience into account when planning instruction, that we understand common responses to trauma and how that can impact our students in a learning environment. In this course, you will learn about how trauma impacts the brain and the nervous system, how these can impact learning and social-emotional well-being, strategies for trauma-informed and trauma-responsive teaching, and tools for teacher self-care. This course is appropriate for K-12 teachers of all grade levels, elementary and secondary.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • Come to a common understanding of the concept and definition of trauma
  • Attain a basic understanding of how trauma affects the brain and the nervous system
  • Identify common indicators of trauma
  • Understand the implications of these effects on learning and on students in an educational setting
  • Demonstrate understanding of these concepts and how they inform instructional practice
  • Create a plan for self-care using tools for teacher well-being

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