“Between one-half to two-thirds of all school-aged children experience trauma, and more than 20 percent of children have multiple traumatic experiences. Children who have experienced trauma can develop emotional, behavioral, cognitive and/or social difficulties that adversely impact their ability to learn and succeed in school. Schools and teachers are often ill equipped to address the needs of these children while simultaneously meeting many other demands. “
To address this problem, the National Mental Health Innovation Center is partnering with Metropolitan State University of Denver School of Education and Resilient Futures to build the capacity of teacher candidates to develop resiliency and understand and address trauma triggers in school environments with pre-school and school-aged children; and secondary trauma in themselves and their coworkers. New teachers will enter the workforce better prepared to address their own needs and the needs of the children and families they serve, instead of gaining this foundational knowledge “on the fly”, or after they have been in the field for many years.