Minding Trauma

Education on Trauma-Informed Practices


Grounded in the Adaptation and Development after Persecution and Trauma (ADAPT) model’s five core psycho-social pillars, Minding Trauma sets forth a conceptual framework for a survivor-centered trauma-informed approach in education settings.

This program provides participants with a comprehensive exploration of trauma, the effects of trauma, and recovery through resilience. Participants will have an opportunity to conduct a case study and discuss culturally and linguistically appropriate recommendations that focus on resilience, self-care, and coping strategies.

Topics discussed include:

  • Concepts of Trauma 3Es
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma and the Brain
  • Cognitive Development and Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Complex Trauma
  • Vicarious Trauma
  • Secondary Trauma
  • Historical Trauma
  • Pre- and Post-Migratory Trauma
  • Trauma-Informed Approach Key Trauma Principles 4Rs

Additional content that can be included or taught as a standalone training for education administrators:

  • Principles and Implementation Domains of a Trauma-Informed Approach in Education


The effects of trauma can cause mental health challenges in students. The manifestations of these challenges can have a significant impact on their ability to successfully develop personally, socially, and academically. Minding Trauma is trauma-informed education that provides adults with the knowledge to identify young people who may be at risk or in crisis, and gives these adults tools to support those children, teens, adolescents, and young adults who have experienced trauma.

Studies have shown that trauma decreases cognitive ability, increases risky behaviors, causes depression, and can be detrimental to physical development and ongoing health.1 Minding Trauma provides information and instruction that results in the ability for adults to create a welcoming, supportive, and informed environment for all young people, whether they are an individual who is experiencing the effects of trauma or the peer of a someone who is. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to help the young people in their lives overcome these challenges and forge a path to healthier development.

1. Centers for Disease Control (CDC); The National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network

Designed For:

Educators, administrators, clinicians, parents.

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“This was a great experience!  It was an informative presentation that really made us think about our students and the people we work with on a daily basis.”

— Kristin Williams, Chief School Administrator

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