Trauma-Informed School Initiative

The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational change process. A “trauma-informed approach” is not a program model that can be implemented and then simply monitored by a fidelity checklist. Rather, it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes, and skills that continue to deepen and unfold over time. Some leaders in the field are beginning to talk about a “continuum” of implementation, where organizations move through stages. The continuum begins with becoming trauma aware and moves to trauma sensitive to responsive to being fully trauma informed.

Please visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website for more information about the Trauma-Informed School Initiative.

The Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed


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