Johns Hopkins’ Symposium Highlights Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Johns Hopkins’ Urban Health Institute just released a series of videos and a summary report documenting its April 2015 symposium, “Healing Together: Community-Level Trauma– Its Causes, Consequences and Solutions.” The goal of the symposium was to provide education and opportunities for partnerships to make Baltimore, MD a more “trauma-informed” city.

TLPI’s Director Susan Cole was featured on one of the symposium’s panels about addressing trauma’s impacts at school.  She shared with the approximately 400 audience members the story of Massachusetts’ efforts to create safe and supportive, trauma-sensitive schools.  Susan was joined on the panel by Dr. Christopher Blodgett, Director of the Child and Family Research Unit at Washington State University,  Dr. Tamar Mendelson, Associate Professor, at the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health and Godwin Higa, Principal of Cherokee Point Elementary School in San Diego.

The symposium report underscores the importance of trauma-sensitive schools:  “Educators have an opportunity every day to heal children, changing the trajectory of their lives. But in order to do so … they and their schools must become informed about trauma and committed to creating trauma-sensitive environments.”

Click here to read the full symposium report.

Click here to access videos of all the panels at the symposium, including Susan Cole’s panel on trauma-sensitive schools.

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