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Responding to Student Trauma

A Toolkit for Schools in Times of Crisis


Responding to Student Trauma is an urgent addition to current trauma response practices. Written by a middle school counselor, this easy-to-follow book provides a framework for understanding and responding to the needs of students experiencing trauma. With many schools lacking adequate staff for supporting student mental health, this guide gives educators the information and strategies they need to address the specific needs of their students.

Packed with strategies to use immediately, Responding to Student Trauma categorizes trauma according to the source: self/home, school, community, and country/world. It directly addresses how to respond to crises currently facing students and educators and includes tips for planning ahead to be ready for the next crisis.

The versatile structure allows Responding to Student Trauma to be used as a standalone resource, as a supplement to existing programs, or as a trauma response framework to create a schoolwide program. Having clear and comprehensive programs for times of crisis and students who are struggling with traumatic experiences allows staff to support student mental health and helps reduce staff anxiety and uncertainty about unexpected incidents.

Digital content includes a reproducible school-planning worksheet, teacher quick-guide worksheet, and action items checklist to ensure the entire staff is trained and feels prepared to respond quickly to situations. A free downloadable PLC/Book Study Guide will be available at
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Paperback $24.99 86482W Paperback 86482W $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-63198-648-2
Color: 1-color
Audience: Grades K–8; School counselors, social workers, teachers, administrators, and behavior specialists
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 80
Praise for Responding to Student Trauma

“A go-to resource for any practitioner. Stephanie Filio has ensured that the book is easy to follow and the steps are easy to implement.”—Tracy L. Jackson, Ph.D. NCC, NCSC, ACS, supervisor, school counseling services 

Download the PLC/Book Study Guide from the book.

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