Trauma Informed School Awareness Program

Aspire Counseling’s Trauma-Informed School (TIS) Program is designed to meet the growing needs of Montgomery County area schools to address and care for trauma-impacted students.

Research now shows that trauma undermines a child’s ability to learn, form relationships, and self-regulate emotions. Without proper treatment, children who experience trauma are at higher risk of developing long-term mental health disorders.

Our teachers are on the front lines and must be given the support they need to address and adapt to trauma’s impact on learning. Aspire’s TIS program equips school personnel to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in their students and offers on-site counseling and mentoring to help schools confidently implement trauma-informed practices school-wide.

The program has three components:

Trauma Informed School
Trauma Informed School
Component 1

Training area school administrators, instructional staff, and non-instructional staff on the following topics: (1) What is Trauma, (2) Types of Trauma, (3) The Language and Science of Trauma, (4) What is a Trauma-Informed School, and (5)The School’s Role & Establishing Trauma-Informed Practices. To date, Aspire has trained over 1,200 Montgomery County Public Schools personnel.

Component 2

A Trauma Therapist is available at a number of schools to counsel students and families who show signs and symptoms of trauma. The therapist conducts in-classroom presentations geared toward students, including but not limited to, “The Teen Brain and Why You May Not be Using It” and “Mental Health, Trauma, and Therapy.” The therapist also leads psychoeducational group sessions for students that address decision-making, stress and anxiety management, aggression versus assertiveness, self-image, and building drug resistance skills.

Component 3

A Mentor/ Therapist works with school personnel to guide, educate, and help implement school-wide, trauma-informed school policies and procedures, as well as, classroom specific trauma-informed practices. The Mentor/Therapist is also a consultant for school administrators as they navigate the process of creating multidisciplinary Trauma Teams within each school to drive and maintain trauma-informed practices.

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