Trauma-Informed School Systems are essential in navigating these unprecedented times.
That’s why we are committed to helping schools learn how to align their practices with trauma-informed care, which takes into account the emotional, psychological, and physical effects of trauma on students.
Trauma-informed care is an approach to mental health services that recognizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery. This method emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for all students. Within trauma-informed care, school staff members aim to empower the students to rebuild a sense of control, safety, and trust.
According to a recent report by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, one in four children in the United States will experience a traumatic event before the age of 16. The report also states that students who have experienced trauma may struggle with anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues in school.
By helping schools learn how to provide trauma-informed care, we can create a safe and supportive environment that helps students feel more comfortable opening up about their experiences. This, in turn, can lead to better academic performance, social development, and overall well-being.
Let’s work together to make your school a place where every student feels valued, heard, and supported.
At Equity Associates, we understand the importance of helping schools provide comprehensive mental health services to students through a trauma-informed school system.
In order to achieve this objective, through our consultative services we offer, the Shape Assessment, an evidence-based tool that can help your school identify areas where you can improve your mental health services and trauma-informed care.
The Shape Assessment collects information and provides a snapshot of the multi-tiered services and supports, staffing, financing and data systems of school and district comprehensive school mental health systems. It assesses the quality of your comprehensive school mental health system at the school or district level based on seven quality domains and associated indicators and best practices. We’ve organized our comprehensive Resource Library by these seven quality domains, so you can easily find resources and strategies that will help you improve your system.
Using the Shape Assessment provides school leaders the opportunity to view the landscape of their school mental health systems This information guides Equity Associates quality improvement support efforts with our schools.
Through a partnership with our educational consulting services, we use evidence-informed tool to assess trauma responsiveness in eight domains. The Trauma Responsive Schools Implementation Assessment (TRS-IA) was co-developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope, and Wellness in Schools and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH).
Partnering with Equity Associates as your educational consultant can help your school create a more comprehensive approach to supporting students’ social-emotional needs. At Equity Associates, we have the expertise to guide you through the process of assessing your current systems, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing evidence-based practices.
Let us help you create a safe and supportive environment for all students.