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.
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.
How Does TIC Work?