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Trauma-Informed Care to Prevent and Mitigate Effects of School Violence

aUniversity of Connecticut, USA
bUniversity of Maryland, USA

Issues Around Violence in Schools

ISBN: 978-1-83797-624-9, eISBN: 978-1-83797-623-2

Publication date: 4 December 2023


School violence can cause or exacerbate individual and collective trauma. Trauma-informed school approaches offer schools and educators guidance for how to respond. In this chapter, we provide an overview of trauma-informed school approaches and their contributions to healing individual and collective trauma. We begin this chapter by addressing the complex intersection of disability and trauma, and the unique implications of school-based violence for students with disabilities and their teachers. We then define trauma-informed care, describe current short- and long-term trauma-informed school approaches, and explain the aims of these approaches at individual and collective levels. Next, we locate trauma-informed responses to school violence in a context of systemic trauma and share considerations for disrupting the systemic conditions that perpetuate trauma and school violence. We discuss critiques of the trauma-informed care movement and conclude with recommendations for scholars pursuing research in this area.



Koslouski, J.B., Stark, K. and Chafouleas, S.M. (2023), "Trauma-Informed Care to Prevent and Mitigate Effects of School Violence", Collins, L.W., Landrum, T.J. and Cook, B.G. (Ed.) Issues Around Violence in Schools (Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, Vol. 33), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 171-189.



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