Services

 

Training/coaching

 

TrUTH provides job-embedded training and coaching that uses a growth mindset and inquiry stance framework that focuses on the importance of caring for students and their resiliency.that transforms the lives of students on a daily basis. This form of coaching supports educators in developing capacity as professionals by providing effective tools that build sustainability, equity, and safe classroom environments. 

 

It introduces teachers to an educational pedagogy grounded in trauma informed practices, including somatic healing, restorative justice, hip-hop pedagogy, and theater of the oppressed that supports educators to discover their vision for teaching and learning. As a result of their work, students become empowered and engaged learners. It will ground educators in understanding how to create paths of accountability that will disrupt patterns of inequity in education while supporting the success of their students.

 

Educators will be introduced to the following:

 

  • Trauma-sensitive classroom management practices

  • Equitable teaching practices

  • Restorative Justice

  • Building positive teacher and student relationships

  • Social-emotional learning competencies

  • Ethic of Radical Empathy

  • Felt Safety Framework

  • Epigenetics

 

Workshops

Introduction to Trauma-responsive Practices and Inside-out Work

Trauma-sensitive Practices and Equity in Action

Trauma-informed Critical Pedagogy

For Parents: Transforming Triggers into Empathy

The Value of Connection: Creating Trauma-responsive Colleges/Universities

Trauma-informed Care for Health and Human Services Professional

Becoming a trauma-informed school or organization mandates deliberate actions that create physical and psychological safety. Currently, becoming “trauma-informed” is about launching and maintaining systems change. But first, it begins with recognizing that the present purpose and structure of many public service organizations (i.e., education, healthcare, social services, etc.) create stressful, toxic responses rather than alleviate them. It is crucial to acknowledge that our trauma is often re-triggered by the nature of our work with children in the high-needs schools we serve. This dynamic human experience we call “school” compromises the relational connection between educators and their students. Further, race-based trauma and societal conditioning have also informed our equity-lens resulting in implicit bias and stereotypes that have limited the quality of our cultural- responsiveness in teaching and how we lead in our schools.

 

This series of seminars drives to improve trauma-informed behaviors and educational equity by grounding participants in social-emotional awareness, mindfulness, trauma theory, and trauma-sensitive practices which possess the vision and power needed to transforms schools, improving culture and climate that directly impacts learning outcomes. We do this by using contemplative practices and popular education theory grounded in trauma-informed practices, unique embodiment exercises, and emotional intelligence strategies. Participants also learn key considerations in initiating change in a system, being culturally-responsive, adaptive challenges, and adaptive leadership.

 

Participants build understanding, knowledge, and capacity for creating systems change with a trauma-informed lens that will have a long-term impact for many years to come. Workshops can be tailored to run  60-90 minutes, 3 hours, or 1 – 2 days.

 

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Introduction to
Trauma-responsive Practices

& Inside-Out Work

Approximately 70% of adults in our country have an ACE score of 1 or more. These adults were once children. Now, over 2 million adults are teaching in our schools nationally.
As educators, we are coming to work with trauma. It’s time that we understand how common trauma is and how it can be healed so that we can better serve our students. We must do our own “inside-out” work to be more effective as educational leaders and teachers. After all, you cannot teach what you do not embody.

 

Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand the interconnectedness of trauma- informed, social-emotional learning, and equity.

  • Participants will understand trauma-informed pedagogy as it relates to students.

  • Participants will engage in reflective inside-out work.

  • Participants will understand trauma reactions as survival responses versus defiance.

  • Participants will discover new capacities to improve pedagogy, social-emotional awareness, and increase outcomes for teaching and learning.

 

Training Format: 

In-Person

 

Target Audience: 

Behavioral Health Services

Providers and Management

Health and Human Services Professionals

Educators

Parents and Caregivers

Law Profession

Nursing

Policymakers

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Trauma-sensitive Practices and Equity in Action

This one-of-kind, interactive seminar is designed to train participants the relevant trauma-informed information and trauma-sensitive practices that will help transform their practices and, therefore, their schools.
The information presented in this workshop will focus on how trauma impacts student learning and behavior, how educators and support staff can help students develop a greater sense of safety at school, and how to build new emotional regulation skills. Participants will leave this workshop with specific tools and strategies to implement immediately to improve academic outcomes. Further, this workshop supports educators in developing social-emotional awareness about triggers, stressors, and their ability for healthy self-regulation. They learn to recognize the signs and location of stress “activation” and “settling” in their bodies through various embodied activities, along with connections to the latest neuroscience research.

Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn trauma-informed practices and strategies in their settings. 

 
Training Format: 

In-Person

 

Target Audience: 

Behavioral Health Services Providers and Management

Health and Human Services Professionals

Educators

Parents and Caregivers

Law Profession

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Trauma-informed Critical Pedagogy

Trauma-informed critical pedagogy places value on student's voice and lived experience. It is also rooted in an understanding of how trauma affects brain development, which guides the teacher in implementing modifications that set students up for success. Historical and race-based trauma along with societal conditioning has informed our equity lens resulting in implicit bias and stereotypes that have limited the quality of our cultural-responsiveness in teaching and learning. We must use our educational spaces to interrogate systems of power that cause harm and to work toward transforming those systems. Moreover, it means centering practices of compassion and love in everything we do. Often, our trauma is re-triggered by the nature of our work with children and colleagues in the high-needs schools we serve.
Here we will take a deeper dive into the epigenetics of cultural-trauma, healing centered engagement, becoming aware of new emotional capacities to improve pedagogy, social-emotional awareness, and increase outcomes for teaching and learning.
We will also look at how resilience is a building block for overcoming trauma both as a skill and an emotional capacity. 

Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn the current impact of cultural trauma and epigenetics.

  • Participants will gain a deeper awareness of the interconnectedness between resilience and being a caring buffer.

Training Format: 

In-Person

 

Target Audience: 

Behavioral Health Services Providers and Management

Health and Human Services Professionals

Educators

Parents and Caregivers

Policymakers

For Parents:
Transforming Triggers into Empathy:Supporting Your Child Through a Trauma-informed Lens

This interactive embodied workshop is designed to give parents relevant trauma-informed information and trauma-sensitive practices that will inform and enhance parenting and support their children who have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences. The information presented in this workshop will focus on how trauma impacts a child's learning and behavior and how parents can support them to develop a greater sense of self and build new emotional regulation skills.
 

The workshop will also engage parents to critically examine and engage in dialogue about intersections of oppression, privilege, and create pathways of accountability that will disrupt patterns of inequity their child may be experiencing at school. Using contemplative and popular education pedagogy grounded in trauma informed theories and practices, parents will discover their vision for trauma-informed parenting. 

Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn the current impact of cultural trauma and epigenetics.

  • Participants will gain a deeper awareness of the interconnectedness between resilience and being a caring buffer.

  • Orient participants toward creating a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive home that fosters resiliency to empower and engage children in healthy ways.

  • Participants will understand the role of a trauma-informed home and help their child self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, succeed academically while supporting health and
    well-being.

  • Participants will understand trauma-informed language.

  • Utilize trauma-informed evidence-based practices.

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