Trauma Informed & Mental Health

Trauma-informed and mental health approaches can be extremely beneficial to students, particularly those who struggle with behavior. Click on the links below to view resource videos and supporting documents that deal with these topics.

This presentation will overview the components of comprehensive school mental health, underscoring the rationale for utilizing a tiered approach to meeting the mental health needs of all students. Following an overview of trends in youth mental health nationally and in Pennsylvania, the presentation will highlight considerations for building comprehensive school mental health systems, identifying essential foundations, as well as key strategies and resources that may be utilized across tiers of intervention.

(Two Parts) This workshop will explore the neural underpinnings of stress, trauma, and emotional dysfunction in children and its impact upon learning. Environmental deprivation, poverty, childhood abuse, witnessing violence, and pandemics can impact both cognitive and social-emotional development. There will be a discussion of key brain regions impacted by stress and trauma, as well as five steps that schools can take to become more "trauma-informed." Schools can enhance emotional wellness through early prevention efforts, appropriate assessment and screening techniques, and an improved school climate to foster emotional growth for all children.

This presentation will highlight data from adult and youth correctional, court and treatment facilities. This presentation will also highlight a novel model from Colorado that is designed to disrupt the trajectory of youth in the criminal justice system. The Colorado TBI Model is used to identify brain injury history, assess cognitive functioning and psychosocial vulnerabilities and to make recommendations and referrals that support the youth through (and out of) the system.

This session will provide an overview of how LEAs and AEDY Programs can implement a multi-tiered system of support that promotes the social-emotional-behavioral and academic success of all students. A review of strategies, resources, tools, and examples will be shared. These materials will support LEAs and AEDY Programs with the integration of initiatives to support their efforts.

(PaTTANpod) Join Dawn Durham (PaTTAN) and Dr. Tim Knoster (McDowell Institute) as they discuss evidence-based practices for AEDY Programs. Several "grab-and-go" strategies are provided along with resources mentioned in the 27-minute video.