Commitment & Expectations

How long does it take to create a trauma sensitive school? Will we be done after one year of work?
We wish it was so easy that after one year of focus on trauma informed practices, schools could declare themselves trauma sensitive, but that is not the case. This is a culture change and culture change takes three to five years when the leadership is committed and involved. If the leadership is not involved, the shift to a compassionate culture can take up to 17 years.
https://www.activeimplementation.org/frameworks/implementation-stages

Staff must be committed to the long term.
  • To a different perspective and way of doing things.
  • To viewing their students differently and responding differently every day… every hour…every minute. 

How about our teachers who are exhausted from working with students with such significant concerns?
Teachers and other staff who are exhausted from their work with students are experiencing compassion fatigue. Vicariously experiencing a student’s trauma as it is told or acted out in verbal or physical violence has the same impact on the teacher as experiencing it themselves. There can be structural, chemical and neurological changes to the brain that emerge as emotional, cognitive or physical difficulties.

Teachers and other staff who are suffering from compassion fatigue need support and skills just as the students do. They need to know that the administration and their colleagues will be there for them when they need someone to listen, to understand, not to give immediate advice, and provide a short break or change of face when needed. Professional development that is supported and attended by school leadership is critical to build the staff’s capacity to prevent and manage any future incidents.

When schools become compassionate communities everyone’s health and wellbeing is important. Judgement is replaced with understanding and punishment with reflection, instruction and restoration.





 
 
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How long does it take to create a trauma sensitive school? Will we be done after one year of work?
We wish it was so easy that after one year of focus on trauma informed practices, schools could declare themselves trauma sensitive, but that is not the case. This is a culture change and culture change takes three to five years when the leadership is committed and involved. If the leadership is not involved, the shift to a compassionate culture can take up to 17 years. https://www.activeimplementation.org/frameworks/implementation-stages

Staff must be committed to the long term.
  • To a different perspective and way of doing things.
  • To viewing their students differently and responding differently every day… every hour…every minute. 

How about our teachers who are exhausted from working with students with such significant concerns?
Teachers and other staff who are exhausted from their work with students are experiencing compassion fatigue. Vicariously experiencing a student’s trauma as it is told or acted out in verbal or physical violence has the same impact on the teacher as experiencing it themselves. There can be structural, chemical and neurological changes to the brain that emerge as emotional, cognitive or physical difficulties.

Teachers and other staff who are suffering from compassion fatigue need support and skills just as the students do. They need to know that the administration and their colleagues will be there for them when they need someone to listen, to understand, not to give immediate advice, and provide a short break or change of face when needed. Professional development that is supported and attended by school leadership is critical to build the staff’s capacity to prevent and manage any future incidents.

When schools become compassionate communities everyone’s health and wellbeing is important. Judgement is replaced with understanding and punishment with reflection, instruction and restoration.





 
 
Which Program is Right for Your School?
 
Contact Us