1st Edition

Applying Trauma-Sensitive Practices in School Counseling
Interventions for Achieving Change

ISBN 9780367237233
Published August 6, 2020 by Routledge
234 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Applying Trauma-Sensitive Practices in School Counseling provides school counselors with the research, knowledge, and skills they need to implement interventions that will impact the academic, social, and emotional outcomes of traumatized students. This guidebook is for school counselors, especially those who work with students with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Readers will obtain background information about ACEs and the effects of chronic stress in childhood, trauma-informed programs for school counselors to lead school-wide, and tools and strategies for school counselors to implement in personal practice.

Table of Contents

1: Introuduction  Section 1: Understand the Impact of Childhood Trauma on Student Learning and Child Development  2. The ACES Study: Lasting Effects from Childhood Trauma  3. Neurobiology and Learning: How Trauma Changes the Developing Brain  4. Mental Health: What's Beneath the Symptoms  5. The Role of a Trauma-Sensitive School Counselor  Section II: Develop Trauma-Sensitivity Schoolwide: Support ALL Students to Reach those with ACEs  6. Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Reframing the “Why” not the “How”  7. Schoolwide Programs that Align with Trauma-Sensitive Philosophy  Section III: Implement School Counseling Strategies to Support Studentis with ACEs: The TSC Model  8. Developing TSC  9. Tiered Interventions: Putting it All Together  10. Self-Regulation: Developing Strategies Through Skill-Building Lessons  11. Creating Connectedness: Caring Matters  12. Conclusion: Next Steps for Counselor Leaders

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Stacey Rawson, MA, is a practicing school counselor in eastern Washington and an adjunct instructor at Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University. She has nearly a decade of experience counseling students with trauma and implementing tiered-intervention counseling programs. Stacey holds an MA in counseling from the University of San Diego and is a credentialed school counselor in both California and Washington.


"Stacey Rawson is a leader in the area of trauma-sensitive practices. Her interest in and passion for helping students who have experienced trauma in their lives is inspiring. Applying Trauma- Sensitive Practices in School Counseling is an excellent resource for helping counselors, teachers, administrators and parents understand how trauma affects children's stress response and behavior. She teaches the reader how to meet students where they are at emotionally and provides realistic coping strategies that work." —Edward Gigliotti, University of San Diego, USA


"Trauma-informed practices has resulted in a major shift in how we support the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of students.  I have been continually impressed with Stacey Rawson’s ability to not only implement these practices in Santee School District but also in her leadership and teaching of others in these practices.  This resource guide will allow school professionals to implement current best practices in trauma-informed care of all students." —Dr. Kristin Baranski, Superintendent, Santee School District, USA


"This is the ‘go-to’ book for school counselors and school counselors-in-training to understand and respond to the impact of trauma on children and adolescents in schools. It is designed to engage learning and to be utilized as a guide to developing a comprehensive trauma-sensitive school counseling practice. This book provides school counseling specific strategies to developing tiered interventions and school-wide programming to further support students impacted by trauma and crises. It’s a great contribution to the field!" —Erika Cameron, PhD, University of San Diego, USA