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11 Tips to Help Grieving Students

Posted by Linda Duran on November 3, 2015 in grief, grief counseling, grieving category

School children—like the rest of us—deal with loss and grief. This grief definitely affects their ability to handle the stresses that a normal school day can bring and inevitability affects their ability to learn in the school environment.

Teachers, counselors, and administrators all want to help these students heal and learn, but the demands on their time and energy are extremely high.

Below are a few quick but effective tips to help these students during this difficult time in their lives:

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Expanding Therapeutic Experiences Through Poetry, Prose, Song, and Story

“What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?”
-David Whyte

April is National Poetry Month, which is a good time to remember the many ways creative writing can be used in the context of trauma therapy with children and adolescents.

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Self-Care & Creativity in the Trauma-Informed Workplace

Self-care in relationship to trauma work is an essential practice for professionals in this helping field. Without attention and connection to our own self-care, the demanding toll of aiding and supporting others in pain and distress can often leave us vulnerable to compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout. In relationship to this necessity for provider self-care, this post will focus on considerations about one’s workplace environment and the role creativity can have as a trauma-informed practice.

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Classroom Comfort Corners

Posted by Jean West on December 15, 2014 in classroom, safety, safety and structure, school, security, self-regulation, self-soothing category

The concept of “safe spaces” or “comfort corners” in school classrooms is part of the movement in helping our schools become trauma informed. These areas are a specific place designated within the classroom where a child can go to comfort themselves and regain control.

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The Value of Art Expression in Trauma-Informed Work

Posted by Gretchen Miller on October 31, 2014 in art, art therapy category

November launches Arts and Health Month, which is a great opportunity to reflect on the positive value of the arts in trauma intervention and recovery.

The benefits of creating art and engaging in the creative process to promote emotional expression, cope with traumatic stress, and strengthen sense of self are many. Here are a few of the important themes and considerations connected to trauma-informed work and how art can be a therapeutic tool for grounding, reflection and growth:

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