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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Trauma Awareness in an Educational Environment

Trauma is the exposure to an extreme stressor. In children, the response to trauma must involve disorganized or agitated behaviors. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2008, child trauma impacts a child’s life at many different levels and when left untreated it can exacerbate the most pressing social problems faced by communities today. Schools are the central community for most children. It is a place where traumatized children can forge strong relationships. This is an asset that can help protect children from, or at least ameliorate, some of the effects of exposure to trauma. Making services available to traumatized children requires a workforce with the proper training, skills, and commitment elements that are crucial to providing proper social, emotional and academic support.

Presenters: Yolanda Bustos (Graduate Student)
Jini Figueroa (Graduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 3rd Floor Lobby, MetroCenter
Time: 6 pm (Session VI)