"Using a trauma-sensitive [sometime called trauma-informed] approach realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization." – SAMHSA.org


How AWE Supports Trauma-Sensitive Practices

  • Understanding ACEs

  • Safe and consistent 

  • Building relationships and connectedness

  • Supporting and teaching emotion regulation


    Responding to Trauma with the 4 R's

  • Realizing the widespread impact of trauma and pathways to recovery
  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of trauma
  • Responding by integrating knowledge about trauma into all facets of the system
  • Resisting re-traumatization of students.

    Resources and Readings:

The Trauma Informed Parent 

Vermont Family Network

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