Trauma Informed Newsletter - January/February 2016 Edition


It's hard to believe that we are living the year 2016 ...yes indeed, time flies! Welcome back everyone. Many apologies for not getting January's edition out, and for this very reason, this edition will suffice for both January and February. The primary focus of this edition is on relationship and the importance of relationships in ameliorating the effects of trauma and in creating a climate that supports healing and learning. Building relationships is not always an easy process. Because of this, victims of trauma, including those who experience homelessness, can become socially isolated. Parents may remove themselves from community support systems, and students may avoid supports within the school.

Reaching out is a challenge for educators and community support providers. However, remember that sometimes breaking through isolation can be as simple as asking the question, “What is something that would help you the most right now?”

As adults, we all play a huge part in providing a safe, calm, and caring environment for students in our school, and without a doubt, we must first start with what Principal Bell always preaches.... "relationship, relationship, relationship."

Between Teacher and Child.

I have come to a frightening conclusion.

I am the decisive element in the classroom.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

As a teacher I possess tremendous power

to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture

or an instrument of inspiration.

I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides

whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated.

And a child humanized or dehumanized.

--Haim Ginott