Facilitating Success: A Guide to Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

Facilitating Success: A Guide to Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

While we often associate trauma with returning veterans, or victims of physical or sexual assault, studies have found that as many as 65-85% of students have been exposed to traumatic events by the time they are college age, with many experiencing repeated developmental trauma due to war, poverty, persecution, toxic stress, violence, displacement or adverse childhood experiences (Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study). Following on the work of medical and criminal justice institutions to create a “trauma Informed approach” within their environments, there is a surge toward adapting these approaches in the classroom and in academic institutions as a whole. It is our challenge to recognize how the effects of these trauma experiences may collide with the structure and demands of higher education. We can begin to remove the barriers to their success and avoid re-traumatization by understanding and recognizing signs of trauma in our students and developing a trauma-informed classroom.

Why is this program so important?

It is vital that educators understand the pervasiveness of trauma in student populations and create new strategies and considerations for educating these students. Increased awareness of how trauma affects performance and behavior allows educators to develop a trauma-informed approach, in order to create a safe and accessible learning environment where students can succeed.

Why should you and your staff participate in this program?

Anyone who watches this program will understand the prevalence of unrecognized trauma in the general population and in the educational setting, learn to identify common characteristics of trauma, be able to recognize how maladaptive behaviors serve as coping skills in trauma survivors, learn the six principles for creating a trauma-informed classroom, and will learn strategies to evolve the learning environment and avoid re-traumatization.

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the breadth of trauma that is experienced within our student populations
  • Recognized signs of trauma in the classroom
  • Understand common barriers and triggers for trauma survivors in the learning environment
  • Gain practical skills and strategies for creating a trauma-informed classroom

Here's What We'll Cover

  • Defining trauma and the trauma response
  • Trauma and the classroom environment
  • What does it mean to be “trauma-informed”?
  • Strategies for creating a trauma-informed classroom

Who Should Attend

This seminar will benefit:

  • Faculty/instructors
  • Instructional Designers
  • Faculty Development Staff
  • Counselors/Mental Health Therapists
  • Medical Staff
  • College Administrators
  • Deans of Students
  • Conduct Officers
  • RA’s


Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • On-demand access for 1-year
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available.


With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants may take the contents of the program CD & place the information on to a password-protected network, server, or web site for additional staff use. The Group License option is not for multiple or unlimited staff from an institution to connect & participate in the live online seminar presentation.

Product Code: PC19KA

Order the purchase plan best for you:
Group License
Campus Access License CD
All-Title Library
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