Recorded RIDE Distance Learning Series Webinar – Understanding Trauma and a Trauma-Informed Approach in the Era of COVID-19

Rhode Island Department of Education in Collaboration with the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center, December 2, 2020

This is the third webinar in the RIDE Distance Learning Series. This webinar was presented by Arman Lorz (JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.).

Trauma may occur at any point during one’s lifetime and anywhere. Currently, we are experiencing worldwide trauma due to COVID-19; it has created and continues to create trauma in our communities. When individuals have unresolved traumatic experiences, their bodies can easily recreate these physiological and psychological reactions when exposed to some manner of trigger – even in perceived safe environments. The education system is being affected in many ways and students and their education is suffering. Teachers, counselors, and administrative staff at schools who deliver trauma-informed approaches (TIA) are better prepared to recognize and respond to the symptoms of trauma in students. Schools that implement an effective TIA fully integrate the existing knowledge about trauma and can help individuals affected by trauma heal and achieve healthier physical and emotional lives. Adopting a TIA requires more than a presentation and training; it involves an examination of internal perspectives, practices, and attitudes and the adoption of change at the individual and systems level. During this session, Arman Lorz describes the three types of trauma individuals can experience and facilitates a discussion around how COVID-19 has affected work practices, as well as the guiding principles of a TIA that promote the healing, recovery, and resiliency of students.

1. Participants will be able to describe the three types of trauma that could be affecting students.
2. Participants will be able to recognize how COVID-19 continues to affect school, education, and teaching practices.
3. Participants will be able to discuss how to effectively incorporate the guiding principles of a trauma-informed approach that promotes students’ healing, recovery, and resiliency.

You can view the webinar recording here.

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