Working with Traumatized Learners

When registering for any Summer Academy workshop, be sure to provide an email address and phone number where you can be reached during the summer.

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This workshop will focus on three central themes:

  • Understanding how trauma affects children's ability to learn and cope
  • How to use trauma-informed best practices in the classroom
  • How to develop a trauma-informed integration and implementation strategic planning team within your school to ensure that children and staff feel safe

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Principals and Assistant Principals, Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents, Guidance Counselors, Special Educators and all other members of the school community; K - 12.


18 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these three days of training. Note that these 18 PDPs will satisfy the SPED-related requirement for recertification. 


Session One ("Working with Traumatized Learners")

  • Educators will be able to describe the effects of trauma exposure
  • Educators will be able to explain the relationship between trauma and mental illness and its impact on learning and development
  • Participants will be able to describe several kinds of trauma-sensitive interventions
  • Participants will be able to perform strategies to prevent secondary trauma

Session Two ("Working with Traumatized Learners: Hands on Approaches within the Classroom (Practicum))"

  • Educate participants about the impact of trauma and mental illness and develop an enhanced understanding of trauma's impact on cognitive, social and behavioral functioning in children
  • Provide training and technical assistance to the audience to create trauma-informed environments and care
  • Assist school personnel in identifying and utilizing hands-on, trauma-informed strategies within the milieu
  • Assess staff's abilities concerning trauma-related incidents and motivate staff to approach incidents in a trauma-informed manner

Session Three ("Working with Traumatized Learners: Creating a Trauma-Informed School Culture")

  • Educators will use a variety of tools to explore their workplace environment's efforts concerning trauma-informed approaches
  • Participants will explore their complete a comprehensive template that will detail everything from safety, staffing, the physical environment and psychoeducational needs for their school
  • Educators will learn how to create a strengths-based, trauma-informed "Care Plan" to follow through with their individualized goals and make significant progress towards creating a safe classroom setting


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.