Trauma Informed Care
What is TIC?
Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in peoples lives. TIC means that every part of our organization understands the impact of trauma on the students we serve and promotes cultural organization change in responding to the trauma needs.
Why TIC in Schools?
Traumatic stress can arise from a variety of sources: bullying at school, dramatic weather events, school shootings- even the day-to-day exposure to events such as divorce or homelessness. Children and adults can be affected by traumatic stress. Having the tools to manage traumatic stress empowers the members of the school community.
How Does TIC Work?
In a trauma-informed school, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and law enforcement. In addition, students are provided with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal is to not only provide tools to cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support.
Student Support Systems supports MPS by providing resources and training in incorporating trauma-sensitive practices and trauma-sensitive schools to be safe and respectful environments that enables students to build caring relationships with adults and peers, self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, and succeed academically, while supporting their physical health and well being.
FACT: One out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior.
—NCTSN Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators