Safe and Supportive Schools: Addressing Trauma and Truancy

March 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Olney Central College
305 N West St
Olney, IL 62450
Kari Docherty

Exposure to violence and other traumatic events can disrupt a child’s ability to relate to others and to successfully manage emotions. In the classroom setting, this can lead to poor behavior, which can result in reduced instructional time, suspensions, and expulsions.

Data shows that more than half of all U.S. children have experienced some kind of trauma in the form of abuse, neglect, violence, or challenging household circumstances—and 35 percent of children have experienced more than one type of traumatic event, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Teachers will be given tools to identify traumatized students and utilize resources to best educate those children.

Many teachers are never taught how to help students who have experienced trauma, let alone the toll it takes on their own health.  Recommendations for coping strategies and self-care will be provided.

This program is funded with a grant from the US Department of Education using No Child Left Behind Title I Funds (100%) through a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education System of Support (SSoS) funds.

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