Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Nagnon Diarrassouba

Academic Year



Trauma affects a significant portion of the elementary student population and hinders students' academic achievement, social wellbeing, and emotional health. In fact, almost forty percent of students in the United States have been exposed to a traumatic stressor in their lives (Brunzell et al., 2016). There are numerous effects associated with trauma. Teachers serve as the first line of mental health professionals to support these children; therefore, it is essential that they receive proper preparation in trauma-informed care and classroom sup- ports. This project includes an in-service training program for elementary teachers and a set of classroom lessons that support the implementation of the tools learned from the teacher training. By using trauma-informed classroom supports, teachers can provide buffers for trauma-affected students in an effort to improve their academic, social, and emotional well- ness. The projected outcome of this project is that educators will be more knowledgeable about trauma-informed care. Additionally, teachers will hopefully use trauma-informed class- room supports learned from the training to engage in the development of more meaningful relationships with students.

Keywords: trauma, trauma-informed, trauma-affected