Trauma-Informed Teaching: Strategies and Recommendations for Educators

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Trauma-Informed Teaching: Strategies and Recommendations for Educators

April 25 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CDT

Trauma symptoms in children can go largely unrecognized because they mimic other problems: frustration; acting out; or difficulty learning and concentrating, following directions, or working in a group. Trauma-informed teaching can help teachers identify core trauma symptoms and provide appropriate educational and emotional support to these students. This workshop will present an overview of the key tenets of trauma-informed care and teaching. The psychological and behavioral impacts of trauma and suggestions for educators will be discussed. Self-care for educators will be highlighted and learners will have the opportunity to see the application of trauma-informed teaching through case studies. Teachers will be provided with concrete strategies and resources to enhance trauma informed practices in the classroom.


  • Identify and describe components of trauma-informed care and teaching.
  • Explain at least five common psychological and behavioral impacts of trauma in children.
  • Describe and apply at least three trauma-informed teaching strategies appropriate for use with children and trauma.


Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She has held clinical positions as an outpatient and in-home therapist and clinical supervisor. Diane was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work for 10 years at The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare and a Field Liaison and Field Instructor. She has also held administrative positions as a program Director and Coordinator. Diane is a frequent local and national trainer on a wide variety of mental health and workplace development topics with clinicians and corporations. Diane is most passionate about providing quality professional development to clinicians, employees, and leaders. For fun, Diane loves to spoil her four Dachshunds and rock out to 80’s music.



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