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Recovery: Trauma Response

Planning for & Defining Trauma in Schools
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Trauma Response Planning

An interactive, 7-part course that helps schools create a plan for what to do in the immediate hours following an emergency situation and beyond. Learn how to apply healthy coping mechanisms and healing activities for dealing with trauma, and construct a plan for post-incident management including how to handle the media, memorials, anniversaries, and safety drills.

The Navigate360 Trauma Response course includes downloadable resources to complete for documentation and covers the following modules:

  • Defining Trauma
  • Preparedness Timeline
  • Coping and Healing
  • Media Coverage
  • Moving On
  • Anniversaries
  • Safety Drills After a Violent Critical Incident

Defining Trauma

Before we can respond to trauma, we must first be able to identify it. The course explains how trauma from Violent Critical Incidents can bring out intense feelings and exceed a person’s ability to cope. Your staff will learn how to identify and respond to unhealthy coping behaviors before they turn into long-term impacts for the victim or your school.

Unhealthy coping behaviors may include:

  • Drastic changes in physical appearance
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Decrease in academic performance
  • Attendance issues
  • Physically or verbally aggressive behavior
  • Use of illegal substances
  • Sudden change in sleeping habits
  • Expressing thoughts/feelings of survivors’ guilt

How Trauma Affects Learning

Children are especially vulnerable to trauma and can suffer in different ways because of their developmental stage. Without the ability to understand and process what happened, they rely heavily on adults to guide them and find new meaning in their lives.

School staff and administrators recognize how trauma affects learning. It influences student performance through memory loss and cognitive function, which often leads to lower grades in school and fewer employment prospects in the future. Supporting students with trauma is critical for their long-term health and well-being, and schools must know how to respond before a traumatic event occurs.

The Navigate360 Trauma Response course remotely delivers a comprehensive solution to your staff and administrators quickly and efficiently, at their convenience. It teaches you to acknowledge a student’s emotions and learn various healing activities that can help them cope with trauma in a healthy way. Plus, the course includes training for how to approach future safety drills with sensitivity for all those affected.

Trauma Response Checklist

Recovery is an individual journey, but as a school administrator, you have the responsibility to get the right resources in place for times of crisis. This Navigate360 course ensures your team is aligned, informed and ready to help.

Learn how to build your Trauma Response Checklist:

  • Define trauma and identify warning signs following an incident
  • Learn about healing activities to help victims cope
  • Minimize media coverage and manage media following an incident
  • Build strategies for moving on to regain normalcy
  • Prepare for anniversary dates with sensitivity
  • Understand the possible emotions during future safety drills

Waiting is not an option.

Start identifying concerning behaviors and preventing acts of violence today.