Guidance document

Menu of Trauma-Informed Programs for Schools

Authors : Kate Borelli

This resource provides descriptions of trauma-informed programs across different tiers (in a multi-tiered framework) and available information about their implementation and evaluation/evidence. Click “View Resource” to access a webpage with this and other related resources from REL Appalachia. View Resource Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia

Creating Trauma-Informed Policies: A Practice Guide for School and Mental Health Leadership

Authors : Patti Schank

This resource provides a deep dive into developing, implementing, and evaluating trauma-informed and compassionate school policies. It highlights four “choice points” for education and mental health leadership: Names & Definitions; Platforms & Levers, Approach, and Match Process to Product. View Resource Organization: Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network

School Mental Health Screening Playbook: Best Practices and Tips from the Field

Authors : Patti Schank

This resource from the Center for School Mental Health provides advice and tools for screening in your school mental health system, including ideas for building buy-in, obtaining consent, or choosing an appropriate screener. View Resource

Review of Trauma Screening Tools for Children and Adolescents

Authors : Patti Schank

This document describes eleven screening tools designed to provide information about trauma in children and adolescents. The descriptions review their intended purposes, administration formats, administration requirements, age ranges, samples on which they have been validated, and available evidence of their psychometric reliability and validity. View Resource Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Toolkit for Connecting Social-Emotional and Mental Health Supports to the Opioid Epidemic

Authors : Patti Schank

This toolkit from the West Virginia Department of Education provides guidance for educators, students, families, and community providers to support the mental and social-emotional well-being of students in West Virginia in the context of the opioid epidemic. View Resource Organizations: West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia Behavior/Mental Health Technical Assistance Center

Nine Elements of Effective School Community Partnerships to Address Student Mental Health, Physical Health, and Overall Wellness

Authors : Patti Schank

This resources outlines nine key elements for creating and sustaining effective school-community partnerships to address student mental health, physical health, and overall wellness. View Resource Organizations: Coalition for Community Schools and National Association of School Psychologists

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package

Authors : Patti Schank

This training package offers a framework and roadmap for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach school- or district-wide. It includes resources for training school staff and leading a trauma-sensitive school. View Resource Organization: National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Creating, Supporting, and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Schools: A System Framework

Authors : Patti Schank

This resource presents a tiered approach to creating a trauma-informed school environment that addresses the needs of all students, staff, administrators, and families who might be at risk for experiencing the symptoms of traumatic stress. Organization: National Child Traumatic Stress Network View Resource

COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools

Authors : Patti Schank

This state document provides considerations for reopening schools and supporting student and staff wellness. The document addresses planning considerations for supporting the social and emotional well-being of students and staff during the transition when schools re-open, including addressing grief, loss, and trauma. View Resource Organization: Kentucky Department of Education