Why Don’t Teachers Get Training on Mental Health Disorders?

Teaching may be one of the most difficult jobs in the world, with expectations and demands coming from all sides. Teachers juggle content standards, the social and emotional needs of students, behavior, and often trauma, but they also are the first line of defense when students have mental health problems.

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The Failing First Line of Defense

Teachers are often the first person children turn to when they are in crisis, and yet they are, as a profession, woefully unprepared to identify students’ mental-health issues and connect them with the services they need—even when those services are provided by schools.

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Harvard Law School Bulletin

TLPI was featured as the Cover Story in the Harvard Law Bulletin’s Fall 2014 Issue. The article discusses TLPI’s origins and work on Trauma-Sensitive Schools.

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Post-Secondary Education, Trauma, and Ferguson

Professor Jeanie Tietjen, founder of the Center for Trauma & Learning in Post-Secondary Education (CTLPSE) at MassBay Community College, discusses an article by Janell Ross in the National Journal titled Does Exposure to Violence and Trauma Impact Students’ Education Prospects? The article looks at the effects of violence and trauma on students , in the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri.

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