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Trauma Awareness

This curated collection was created in response to school and classroom needs; the guide has resources to help educators understand trauma and its effect on children.

Featured Books

Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences

Nearly half of all children have been exposed to at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), such as poverty, divorce, neglect, substance abuse, or parent incarceration. This workbook-style resource shows K-12 educators how to integrate trauma-informed strategies into daily instructional practice.

Fostering Resilient Learners

Grounded in research and the authors' experience working with trauma-affected students and their teachers, this book will help you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. Each chapter also includes questions and exercises to encourage reflection and extension of the ideas in this book.

Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation

The authors take you to the next level of trauma-invested practice. To get there, they explain, educators need to build a 'nest' -- a positive learning environment shaped by three new Rs of education: relationship, responsibility, and regulation. They explain how to create a culture of safety in which everyone feels valued, important, and capable of learning.

Optimizing Learning Outcomes

Optimizing Learning Outcomes provides answers for the most pressing questions that mental health professionals, teachers, and administrators are facing in today's schools. Chapters provide a wide array of evidence-based resources including links to video segments that promote understanding, discussion, and successful modeling.

Creating Inclusion and Well-Being for Marginalized Students

Through a snapshot of the diverse student populous, this book explores the impact of traumatic experiences on a student's learning and success. Topics covered include poverty, obesity, incarceration, immigration, death, sexual exploitation, LGBT issues, psychodrama, the expressive arts, resilience, and military students.


Jim Rendon delivers a look at the life-changing implications of post-traumatic growth--an emerging field of psychological research that shows how the suffering caused by traumatic events can be harnessed as a force for self-improvement and success rather than destruction.

Teaching to Strengths

Little has been written about teaching traumatized youth
and doing so from a strengths-based perspective. Using real-world examples as well as research-based principles, this book shows how to identify inherent assets that students bring to the classroom; connect to students' experiences through instructional planning and delivery; and foster students' strengths through the use of predictable routines and structured paired and small-group learning experiences.

The Simple Guide to Understanding Shame in Children

This guide provides straightforward answers and explanations to both common and complex questions about the psychological effects of shame. At a time when children are more likely than ever to experience shame, the accessible advice in this book helps adults to boost children's self-esteem.

Childhood Disrupted

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, but it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall wellbeing. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical level exactly how parents' chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical "fingerprints" on our brains. Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology.

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