NC School Age Trauma Resource Series – Section 1: Understanding School Age Trauma

Trauma is quickly becoming a topic of concern in our nation’s school age programs. Research from the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative highlights that over two-thirds of the nation’s youth face at least one traumatic event by the time they turn 16 years old (NCTSI, Understanding Child Trauma, 2015). Data from the National Council on Behavioral Health goes further and states that over 70% of American adults struggle with the effects of trauma in their daily lives (NCBH, How to Manage Trauma, 2018).

The North Carolina School Age Trauma and Resilience Resource Series aims to equip school age providers with tools to help students and staff manage trauma. Section One of this series addresses the indicators associated with trauma for both staff and students. It focuses on the root causes of school age trauma, and the ways traumatic stress affects student performance and group leader effectiveness.

The purpose of Section One is to help lead school age professionals to the resiliency tools found in Section Two and Section Three of the School Age Trauma and Resilience Series.

The North Carolina School Age Trauma and Resilience Resource Series is developed in coordination with the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, NC CCR&R Council, and Southwestern Child Development Commission.