Trauma-Informed School Mental Health
Trauma-Informed School Mental Health Task Force
Connecticut schools and children will be the healthiest in the nation.
Promote a comprehensive framework for a statewide trauma-informed
infrastructure that integrates behavioral health services and school and community supports.
On October 23, 2019, CSCH cosponsored and hosted the Symposium on Trauma-Informed School Mental Health 2.0.” Approximately 70 school, behavioral health, community, and research leaders from across the state gathered at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs to discuss school and community responses to childhood trauma and how to align work around trauma-informed schools in Connecticut.
The event was the result of collaboration between the University of Connecticut Collaboratory on School and Child Health, the Ana Grace Project, the Capitol Region Education Council, the Child Health Development Institute, Clifford Beers Clinic, the CT Department of Children and Families, the CT State Department of Education, and the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education. The symposium’s main goal was to continue conversations about broadening and aligning work around trauma-informed schools in Connecticut, moving forward the work of the Connecticut Trauma Informed School Mental Health Task Force, a group that was formed after the original symposium in May 2017.
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The first symposium took place on May 24, 2017. Read about the original Symposium: Implementing A Statewide Framework For Trauma-Informed School Mental Health In Connecticut
Since that original 2017 symposium, core group members have continued to meet over the past year, adding partners with DCF and the CCMC Injury Prevention Center. The group has been working on the next steps and advancing directions for the group with regard to both individual and collaborative activities. Here is a summary of the work to date. For more information and to view upcoming meeting dates, visit the workgroup's website.
CSCH reports on schools’ trauma-informed response to COVID-19:
Responding to COVID-19: Planning for Trauma-Informed Assessment in Schools outlines how schools should plan for a trauma-informed response to COVID-19 and what questions to ask while planning for potential assessment.
Responding to COVID-19: Simple Strategies Anyone Can Use to Foster an Emotionally Safe School Environment, was written in partnership with colleagues from EASTCONN and CHDI summarizes easy-to-use and low-cost strategies that can be integrated within existing school initiatives and can be adapted to fit different contexts. The report provides examples of what each simple strategy could look like across adult and student populations and provides links to freely accessible resources.