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Parkway trains employees on trauma-informed care

10/5/2017 -- Parkway has proactively started training leaders, teachers and staff on how to provide trauma-informed care for our students.

Trauma-informed means that educators consider a student's past and their possible experiences with traumatic events when building relationships, encouraging positive behavior and gathering resources to assist in students' success. A trauma-informed approach is one that involves understanding and responding to the symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma and traumatic stress.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has developed a new website that outlines the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative at

A trauma-informed school is one that:

  1. realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery,
  2. recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in students, teachers and staff,
  3. responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into its policies, procedures and practices; and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.