Cultivating Compassionate Schools
Hear from educators, mental health professionals and former students as they share firsthand accounts of the challenges and successes of creating a nurturing school community. Watch this video to explore the importance of building a school environment that is sensitive to trauma and promotes resilience.
- Define the different types of trauma
- Describe how biological responses to trauma impact students’ social, emotional, and academic functioning
- Define a trauma and resilience informed lens as applied to educational settings
- Apply practices that can cultivate a culture of wellbeing in schools
Connected Classroom for Middle School and High School Students
This collection provides tools to support middle and high school teachers in developing student wellbeing and resilience in classroom settings. This collection provides guides to teaching key skills for emotional regulation, effective communication, goal setting, and stress reduction.
COVID-19 - Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources
Understanding the racial equity and social justice lens when responding to the impacts of COVID-19 is key to fostering healing and community care to the needs and perspectives of the most vulnerable. These resources offer resources and tools with a racial equity and social justice frame.
If We Aren't Addressing Racism, We Aren't Addressing Trauma
Educators are to be active, not passive, in challenging the dangers of white privilege, confront their racial biases, honor their Black students' experiences of racism and its resulting trauma, and engage in anti-racist work daily. Read this for tangible takeaways for educators to support Black students traumatized by racism and grieved by police brutality against Black cis and trans women and men.
Processing Racial Trauma
Tyrone Howard, UCLA professor of education and director of the UCLA Black Male Institute, hosts a conversation with Nicole Green, executive director of UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services come together to discuss processing complex racial trauma and how we care for ourselves during these overwhelming times, particularly given the resurgence of White Nationalism, the killings of Black cis and trans women and men, and the racially disparate impact of COVID-19.
Los Angeles County School Counselor Resource Guide
The LACOE School Counselor Resource Guide is a weekly-updated "live binder" created for school counselors and mental health professionals. The guide provides best practices and professional development on social justice, racism and hate crimes, mental health during COVID-19, general school counseling strategies, college and career professional development, and parental/caregiver supports.
Liberate is a meditation app that includes practices and talks designed for the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community to reduce anxiety and stress and to sleep better.
Supporting Students in Distress: The Importance of Psychological First Aid (PFA)
We have been hearing from teachers about how impossible it has been trying to teach students during this time, when our world has been turned upside down dealing with COVID-19. Here to share helpful communication tips educators can use during this time is Pamela Vona, MPH, MA, Director of the Center for Safe and Resilience Schools and Workplaces. Recorded on: 4/7/2020
Opportunities and Imperfections: Strategies to Support Educator Wellbeing
The COVID-19 pandemic has put our usual way of living and working on hold. Educators are navigating student, family, and personal challenges daily. Laura McMullin, PhD has been an educator for over 20 years and shares tools to enhance wellbeing and resilience on an individual and collective level. Recorded on: 4/8/2020
Preparing to Reopen: Addressing COVID-19 Stress and Racial Trauma
Racial trauma and stress experiences are affecting our school communities at an increased rate. Now, more than ever, how we cope and connect to school mental health providers is incredibly essential. Here to discuss school counselors' challenges, considerations, and successes in supporting our students, families, and teachers is Ms. Jewel Forbes, MA/PPS, Coordinator II Community Health and Safe Schools and the Lead for School Counseling and School-Based Mental Health at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Recorded on: 6/12/2020
Back to School Advice for Teachers
It has been a whirlwind of a year for educators. You have been on the frontline during a pandemic, adjusting to profound changes in your teaching online and all the challenges that has brought. Now with schools opening, another major transition is underway as students return to either to in-person or hybrid learning. In this article, we share a few suggestions to support a smooth transition.
COVID-19 Education Resources
Resources on education for teachers, parents, and students to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use this printable tool to gain tips on IEP/IFSP advocacy, teaching, and access COVID-19 education resources.
Mental Health and Supportive Services
Access this printable tool to get mental health and supportive services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back to In-Person Learning: Trauma Informed Tips for Promoting Student Re-Engagement, Wellbeing, and Resilience
This printable tool has practical strategies to support students' wellbeing and mental health while transitioning back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. School staff can implement these strategies to help increase student safety, build school-wide relationships, and improve self-regulation skills.
Creating Healing Spaces for Teachers
Teachers have the enormous task of facilitating learning while also impacted by trauma, burnout, and grief. This video focuses on how schools can create policies and spaces for teachers that are centered in healing and racial justice principles.
Listening In: A Conversation Supporting Students Returning to In-Person Learning
This video is an informal dialogue between a former public school educator and a former school counselor about strategies to promote student re-engagement, wellbeing, and resilience as schools return to in-person classrooms. Together, they share insights on how to spot signs of stress or trauma in students, discuss ways to cultivate safety, and build relationships in the classroom.
Supportive Classroom Practices
Connecting students with teachers and peers at school can affect the impact of trauma and stress. Watch this video to learn more about integrating trauma informed practices in the classroom to create an emotionally supportive and healing environment.
The Emotional Load of Teaching
When the pressures of being an educator go unchecked, it can impact interpersonal, mental, and physical health. Watch this video to understand how emotional intelligence helps educators manage feelings of stress, numbness, fatigue, and burnout.
How to Support Resilience
Despite safe, stable, nurturing relationships being one of the most protective factors for children, only one-third of children in US schools believe there is a caring adult who can support them. Watch this video to learn more about how schools can support resilience and emotional wellbeing.
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Enhancing Professional Wellbeing
The Enhancing Professional Wellbeing course is designed to explore ways to maintain personal wellbeing, support a positive working environment, and reduce feelings of burnout. Learn about wellbeing from fellow LA County employees and explore fictional situations to gain strategies for supporting professional wellbeing.
Shifting Perspectives: Adopting a Trauma & Resilience Informed Lens
Employing a trauma and resilience informed lens in your work requires practice. Take this course and learn alongside fictional county employees as they adopt and practice the core principles of trauma and resilience informed care to improve their interactions with the people around them in the “real world.” Consider how applying the skills taught in this video can enhance your current work practices.
Foundations for Building Family Resilience
FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress) is used to teach strategies for building resilience in families, within the context of each family's story and goals. Use the FOCUS techniques to help the families you work with to stay strong and support one another during times of stress or transition.
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