Despite the recent increase in both research and public awareness regarding trauma, there remains little guidance on practical strategies for addressing trauma in the schools. The purpose of this paper presentation is to provide school psychologists with the required foundational skills to build system capacity in trauma-informed practices. This presentation will include strategies for training school staff, implementing social-emotional learning lessons, conducting parent trainings, and fostering self-care strategies for teachers and staff. Through the development of a school culture that understands, recognizes, and responds appropriately to trauma, children can develop strategies to cope with their trauma and overcome adversity. 

Strand: F, Topic: 21, Level: II-III

James Alsip, school psychologist and Amy-Jane Griffiths, assistant professor, Chapman University.