The Center’s Mission
The Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness promotes trauma-informed school systems that provide prevention and early intervention strategies, with the goal of creating equitable, supportive, and nurturing school environments. For over two decades, we have partnered with schools and communities to increase access to evidence-based trauma interventions for schools with ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse student populations.
In 2021, the Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools merged with the Center for Safe & Resilient Schools and Workplaces (CSR) to expand this mission. Today, CSR continues to develop new trainings, interventions, and resources to meet the needs of school districts as they create safe and supportive school environments.
Our mission is to provide equitable and inclusive access to high-quality care in every school.
Trauma-informed schools have two overarching goals: to provide tools and strategies to adults and students that promote coping with extreme situations and to create a culture of respect and support.
Trauma can have pervasive effects on children. Often, children and adolescents lack the coping skills needed to manage and heal from the impact of stressful or traumatic events in their lives. In fact, as many as one in three trauma-exposed students show symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There is hope: Having the tools to manage and heal from traumatic stress empowers everyone in the school community.
After being exposed to a traumatic event, children are likely to experience the following symptoms:
- Reexperiencing: constantly thinking about the event, replaying it over in their minds, or having nightmares
- Avoidance: consciously trying to avoid engagement or trying not to think about the event
- Negative thoughts and moods: blaming others or themselves, losing interest in pleasurable activities, or showing an inability to remember key aspects of the event
- Arousal: being on edge, being on the lookout, or constantly being worried
Symptoms resulting from trauma can directly impact students’ ability to learn. Students might be distracted by intrusive thoughts about the event that prevent them from studying, paying attention in class, or doing well on a test. Some students might even avoid going to school altogether.
Studies also show that exposure to violence can lead to lower IQ scores, reading abilities, grade point averages, and graduation rates.
Traumatic events can interfere with youths’ ability to relate to others and to manage their emotions successfully. In classroom settings, these problems often lead to behavior challenges, which can result in reduced instructional time and higher rates of suspension and expulsion.