Trauma-Informed Schools

Senate Bill 638 (2016) required the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to create a website about the trauma-informed schools initiative that includes information for schools and parents regarding the trauma-informed approach and a guide for schools on how to become trauma-informed schools.

The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational change process.  A “trauma-informed approach” is not a program model that can be implemented and then simply monitored by a fidelity checklist.  Rather, it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes and skills that continues to deepen and unfold over time.  Some leaders in the field are beginning to talk about a “continuum” of implementation, where organizations move through stages.  The continuum begins with becoming trauma aware and moves to trauma sensitive to responsive to being fully trauma informed.