March 2016 
trauma informed SCHOOLS IN FOCUS

Trauma informed schools in focus 
This is the third edition of the Trauma Informed Schools In Focus newsletter. Why are you receiving this update? Because you are either a local Defending Chidlhood partner or a leader in implementing trauma informed projects in your district, building or agency. This bimonthly newsletter features general DCI news, updates from local districts and a collection of media stories from the past month highlighting issues related to addressing trauma in schools, positive behavior supports and educational equity.  
IN DCI news....
Thinking more about Protecting Staff from vicarious trauma.

As awareness of the negative impacts of vicarious trauma continues to grow within public K-12 education systems, the question of how to better protect staff in these settings remains difficult to answer. What is vicarious trauma? It is the ' transformation in the self of a 'trauma  worker' or helper that results from empathic engagement with traumatized  clients and their reports of traumatic  experiences.' Defending Childhood has put together a short one pager, linked here, which can be used in training to summarize the risk and protective factors for vicarious trauma. 

Wayne Scott, Manager with Organizational Development and Learning at Multnomah County, has completed significant training on the topic and lends his perspective:  " I always tell my social work colleagues that the antidote for vicarious trauma consists of three strategies: authentic connection with fellow travelers, exceptional self-care, and validation by our organizations of the work we do." A link to his article on the topic, featured in Social Worker Helper, is here.  

Julie Prindle, Senior Manager for Social Work services with Portland Public Schools, completed graduate work on the topic of reflective supervision, which is an evidence based approach to effectively support staff who routinely interact with clients experiencing trauma. Dr Prindle currently provides clinical supervision for Masters of Social Work students who are completing practicum placements within Portland Public. Her powerful personal story and lessons learned from years in the field can be found here. 
Move to End Violence.. a toolkit

Move to end violence is an organization dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. They have several fantastic resources that allow individuals and organizations to examine and reflect on the impacts of workplace stress on employees, with a specific focus on staff who spend much of their time with clients significantly impacted by trauma. 

Looking for materials to support a wellness type challenge at work? 

This interview provides excellent perspective on the practice of managing secondary trauma. 

Interested in examining how conflicting agendas and priorities can increase stress? 

A lovely article discussing the importance of 'rest'. 
In the media.... 
A collection of reporting, blog posts, and essays from the last month.  

The East Oregonian  writes about the Umatilla School District's participation in the statewide ACEs Collaborative, convened by the Gladstone School District. 

California ACEs in Action provides details on a fantastic looking conference happening this month in L.A. focused on trauma informed schools. 

ACEs Too High  details the inclusion of 'trauma informed' language into the new Every Child Succeeds Act legislation passed in January. 

The New Yorker  offers their take on how 'People Learn to Become Resilient'

And one last resource for developing a practice of reflection in personal and professional settings, the 'Contemplative Practices' tree is pictured here and more information on the framework can be found here.


multnomah county trauma informed schools advisory group 

The next meeting is Monday, March 28th from 4:00-5:30PM. Contact for more details. 
Kate Gigler | Defending Childhood Initiative | 503-988-2402 | k