About the Trauma-Informed Toolkit
The Trauma-Informed Toolkit for Educators is an asynchronous 9 module training series designed to provide educators with a deeper understanding of trauma and its effects on childhood development. Developed by expert teaching artists and a panel of Trauma-Informed experts, the online program gives educators a variety of tools to help create supportive, healing centered, trauma-informed environments within a wide range of academic and recreational settings.
New York City Children’s Theater Education Department has a long history of working and training through a trauma-informed lens. Our experience in trauma-informed education began in 2016, when New York City Children’s Theater was hired as the sole theater arts partner in a partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education.
From 2017 – 2020, we provided an annual 28-week residency program for the Afterschool Reading Club (ARC) program in 36 Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelters and DOE schools citywide. After the ARC program closed in 2020, we continued providing trauma-informed arts education programming to transitional housing facilities across NYC with our Summer Camp programs.
What You'll Learn
The Trauma-Informed Tool Kit for Educators modules features 9 key topics and explore the 6 key elements of a trauma-informed approach as outlined by SAMHSA, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- The Science Behind Trauma
- Trust and Transparency
- Empowerment, Voice, Choice
- Collaboration and Mutuality
- Identity and Validation
- Peer Support
- Secondary and Vicarious Trauma
Explore the Course
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Trauma-Informed Professional Development Workshops
In addition to the Trauma-Informed Toolkit for Educators, New York City Children’s Theater offers in person and virtual Trauma-Informed Workshops designed for a wide range of educator populations. These workshops use interactive exercises, discussion, and reflection exercises to provide educators with the tools that they need to use trauma-informed practice in their classrooms
Based on the Trauma-Informed Toolkit for Educators curriculum, workshops can be tailored to meet the unique needs of your organization. Past workshop topics have included:
- Focusing on social-emotional needs of students in crisis
- Understanding complex trauma and how it manifests in certain behaviors
- How to recognize when students are feeling activated and use strategic tools to regulate them
- Reducing vulnerability factors and increasing protective factors
- Identifying secondary trauma, transference, and countertransference
- Exploring self-care and building mastery as educators
Interested in scheduling an in-person or virtual workshop for your organization? Send us an email.