What is UNIVERSAL TRAUMA?
Trauma lives with us everywhere today. It is so pervasive that we now have levels or “tiers” of trauma. The US Department of Education, in 2020, defined School Based Trauma as having 3 Tiers. Tiers 1 & 2 are the most severe tiers and require professional intervention. Tier 3 (also called Universal Trauma) is the most chronic level and requires teachers to become more “trauma-informed” in their classroom approach. To relieve our current mental health crisis, the Dept of Ed recommends that all schools immediately implement “proactive prevention strategies and school-wide trauma education to build resiliency.”
If you are looking for ways to train your staff on this critical topic, I can help.
I’ve been an educator and therapist all my adult life. I take complicated mental health theories and simplify them to make them practical, accessible, and easy to apply in the classroom. Becoming trauma-informed and a protective factor takes time, but it’s very do-able, and the best time to start is NOW.