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(p. 313) Building a Foundation for Trauma-Informed Schools 

(p. 313) Building a Foundation for Trauma-Informed Schools
(p. 313) Building a Foundation for Trauma-Informed Schools

Philip J. Lazarus

, Stacy Overstreet

, and Eric Rossen

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date: 25 January 2021

Trauma-informed schools reflect a national movement to respond to the significant prevalence and impact of trauma in youth by providing a framework for effective practices, interventions, and systems-change strategies. The aim of trauma-informed schools is to establish learning environments that enable children who are exposed to trauma to develop caring relationships with adults, learn to modulate their emotions, and achieve at high levels. In this chapter, the authors define trauma and discuss the impact of traumatic experiences on children’s lives, utilize a case example to illustrate the factors that can influence children’s reactions to trauma, provide an overview of essential considerations in the development of trauma-informed schools, review best practices for screening and assessment for trauma in schools, and summarize lessons learned in supporting children impacted by trauma.

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