What is Trauma-Informed SEL?
Trauma-informed SEL is an approach to fostering youths’ social-emotional development with practices that support all students, but is particularly inclusive and responsive to the needs of children and youth who have experienced trauma. This approach calls for creating reliable learning environments where students who have experienced adversities and trauma
- feel supported and connected;
- are welcome to explore their strengths and identities;
- can exercise their agency;
- can develop meaningful, positive relationships with adults and peers; and
- have access to the mental health supports they need.
Learn More about Trauma-informed SEL
Below, you can download our Trauma-Informed SEL Toolkit – a 120-minute professional development session designed for educators seeking research-based strategies to create a healthy classroom environment for students who have experienced adversities and trauma.
Why Download the Trauma-informed SEL Toolkit?
The research-based toolkit is rich with resources to explore, strategies to implement in the classroom, and prompts for reflections aimed at facilitating educator learning and engagement with the material. The toolkit includes:
- More information about trauma and how it impacts students’ success;
- A range of strengths-based strategies educators can integrate into their classroom;
- Overview of secondary traumatic stress and strategies for educator self-care;
- A list of research articles, papers, and videos for further review; and
- A facilitator’s guide (including an abbreviated guide for a 60-minute session).
The download link includes a multimedia presentation, a three-page overview handout, and a brief facilitator’s guide.