Therapeutic Trauma Interventions

In creating trauma-informed schools, ideally all students are being educated in safe and supportive ways that nurture their abilities to thrive. In addition, the realities of the world indicate that students will experience trauma and some will struggle with the impacts.

When students have been identified as struggling with the impacts of trauma and experiencing symptoms of PTSD, complex PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns, they may benefit from more targeted support services.

Support services for students that are experiencing distress include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Support groups
  • Peer health groups

Examples of Evidence-Based Individual & Group Interventions With Adolescents

Practices for Trauma Interventions

Having consistent meetings and collaboration with school staff regarding timing, location, and the purpose of therapy groups is important to be able to ensure buy-in from the education staff. This allows for more consistency in the services provided.

Communicating with the school administrators around plans for screening and trauma interventions creates the opportunity to problem solve potential barriers before they get in the way.

Hire staff that reflect the students served as much as possible. Students from the YMEC project talked about the importance of having male counselors that were authentic, genuine and interactive.