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Trauma Sensitive Schools (TSS) and EMLSS


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Applying a trauma sensitive lens to academic, behavioral, and mental health equitable multilevel systems of support (EMLSS) in schools is essential for creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment where all students can thrive. By recognizing the impact of trauma and implementing strategies to address its effects, schools can better meet the diverse needs of their students and promote positive academic, behavioral, and mental health outcomes.

TSS & Comprehensive School Mental Health (CSMH)

School and district mental health teams can use the specific, actionable recommendations in this guide to build and strengthen their CSMHS using a trauma sensitive lens in order to create a system in which staff, students, and families feel a sense of safety, empowerment, and belonging.
This report summarizes the key principles underlying comprehensive school mental health and trauma sensitive schools. The present synthesis of studies and reports emphasizes core features, key principles, and associated core components.
This report describes and synthesizes implementation determinants and strategies to promote uptake and sustained implementation of comprehensive school mental health and trauma-sensitive practices in schools.

TSS & Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Integrating Trauma-Informed Practices Within Your School Wide PBIS Framework - University of South Florida

“Increasingly, there is recognition of the benefits of a trauma-informed approach and the delivery of such an approach within school systems. Multi-Tiered Systems such as the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework provide a strong foundation to integrate prevention practices such as a trauma-informed approach through established school leadership teams, professional development practices with ongoing coaching, data based decision making, and coordinated school wide routines for tiered instruction.”

Using Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) to Help Schools Become More Trauma-Sensitive - DPI

This guide explores key principles of TSS and PBIS and how insights from TSS can be applied to schools implementing PBIS

For questions about this information, contact Elizabeth Strunz (608) 266-3361