Trauma is not an event itself, but rather a response to a stressful experience in which a person's ability to cope is dramatically undermined. Trauma overwhelms the ability to adapt and generate feelings of hopelessness and terror causing students to react quickly and heighten their stress levels. Trauma will also present with more specific impacts including learning issues, behavioral issues and relational issues.
Resources for further professional learning:
Youtube video: The Power of One Caring Adult
64% of our students have an ACES score of 1 or greater (10 categories of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)). This is how we categorize trauma in the lives of our students. So the question remains; how do we support the majority of our students when they have been exposed to trauma?
We need to become a safe and supportive school in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported!
Self Harm Resources
Resources on treatment: TheRavive, is a network of licensed and professional counsellors, therapists, and psychologists who uphold clear, compassionate values in therapy.Theravive’s purpose is to connect you to the right professional, giving you a better direction, new goals, and a clearer understanding of how to get there.
A free, downloadable guide for parents and carers who have discovered a young person's self-harm This freely downloadable PDF guide provides information for parents and families about self-harm and its causes and effects. It is based on current research on self-harm and on the interviews with ...
Resources for Information about Restorative Practices
What are Restorative Practices?
Restorative practices are processes that proactively build healthy relationships and a sense of community to prevent and address conflict and wrongdoing. Restorative practices are increasingly being applied in individual schools and school districts to address youth behavior, rule violations, and to improve school climate and culture. Restorative practices can improve relationships between students, between students and educators, and even between educators, whose behavior often serves as a role model for students. They allow each member of the school community to develop and implement a school’s adopted core values.
Restorative practices allow individuals who may have committed harm to take full responsibility for their behavior by addressing the individual(s) affected by the behavior. Taking responsibility requires understanding how the behavior affected others, acknowledging that the behavior was harmful to others, taking action to repair the harm, and making changes necessary to avoid such behavior in the future.
Restorative practices also represent a mindset that can help guide adult and youth behavior and relationship management in schools, not another program.
To view a toolkit aimed at helping educators better understand what restorative practices are and how they foster safe learning environments through community building and constructive conflict resolution, click here: http://www.schottfoundation.org/sites/default/files/restorative-practices-guide.pdf
The above information provided by: The Schott Foundation for Public Eduation: www.otlcampaign.org/restorative-practices