What to do when: How Trauma Affects Kids at School – and How You Can Help

How Trauma Affects Kids at School – and How You Can Help

Turn on the news or check your phone updates and it seems like we are being inundated with the news of traumatic events around the world, in our hometowns, and in our schools. It can be overwhelming for us as adults — imagine how overwhelming it can be for children. Sometimes, it is easy…

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What to do when: Poverty and the School-aged Child – How to Lessen the Impact

Poverty and the School-aged Child – How to Lessen the Impact

By Julia Hogan, LCPC

Think about the last time you were hungry. Maybe you were busy grading papers and lost track of time, or you had a late parent conference and put off eating until you got home. Whatever the reason was, it probably left you feeling irritable and cranky until you were able to eat. Often when we’re…

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What to do when: Understanding the Mental Health Risks for Children in Foster Care

Understanding the Mental Health Risks for Children in Foster Care

By Julia Hogan, LCPC

For children who grow up in foster care, life is unpredictable. They have to struggle with the instability that comes with moving from family to family, while trying to cope with the reasons why they are unable to stay with their biological family. For educators, it’s important to realize that…

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What to do when: How Can You Tell if a Student Has Experienced Trauma?

How Can You Tell if a Student Has Experienced Trauma?

By Vanessa Jacoby, Ph.D.

More than two-thirds of children report experiencing at least one traumatic event by the age of 161. This means it is highly likely there are children in your classroom who have experienced trauma.

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What to do when: Childhood Trauma and Building Resilience in the Classroom

Childhood Trauma and Building Resilience in the Classroom

By Venée Hummel

Children may experience a variety of trauma as they grow; these could be one-time events such as a sudden or violent death of a loved one, a natural disaster, a serious accident, or one incident of sexual abuse. Some children, however, experience on-going and chronic trauma, which could include…

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What to do when: Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress - Know the Signs

Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress - Know the Signs

By Vanessa Jacoby

There’s little doubt that, while being in the teaching and helping professions is rewarding, it can be stressful work. This stress can be compounded by risk for experiencing secondary traumatic stress for teachers who work with highly traumatized populations. Secondary traumatic stress, or STS,…

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