Skip to main content


Trauma Training For Educators (Free)

This is a free video training resource designed to give anyone who works with children important trauma-focused information about how student learning and behavior is impacted by trauma and how educators and support staff can help students develop a greater sense of safety at school and begin to build new emotional regulation skills. 


This 43 minute video comes with a discussion guide and handouts, to share in faculty meetings and professional development days, and provide opportunities for teachers and administrators to begin important dialogue about making their school more trauma sensitive. 


Most importantly, the video provides science-based information on how chronic trauma impacts a child's nervous system.  Rather than relying on a teacher's sympathy, the information helps educators to depersonalize the child's fear response and give a basis for the need to build safe relationships, no matter how difficult or disruptive the child. 


As educators, we have to learn to not see the student's trauma response as defiance, disrespect, boredom, or intentional manipulation, but rather a protective response that requires safety in order to settle and help the child return to their "thinking" brain.


Here is the link to the video and discussion guide developed by Communities In Schools:

Add Comment

Comments (21)

Newest · Oldest · Popular

I have experienced the same problem with the link given in the initial post and I live in the US.  But since I had arrived at the correct site, just not the page I wanted, I typed into the Search field offered to the right of the "page not found" message.  I typed in "Resources" and found the Trauma-informed resources, including the video course.

The actual page is "Trauma-training-for-educators" and I don't know if the "blocked for anyone outside the US", but at least this link is the correct one to the course.

I have recently discovered that our website blocks all sources outside of the USA due to security reasons.  So the Trauma Training for Educators resources are only available to US organizations.   I apologize for the inconvenience to others.

Kris Downing

Communities In Schools of Central Texas

Hi Lesley,

I have tried the link and it is working for me and others.  I believe that you may have some type of protective screen that is blocking it from your computer.  Have you tried accessing the link from other computers outside of your system?  I would recommend this.   Perhaps try from a home computer if you are using a school system computer. 

Unfortunately, I don't think that the problem is on our end, so we are unable to do anything about it.



I have received the following error message when trying to download.  Is there a solution to this. 

Kind Regards

Lesley Banner

Your access to this service has been temporarily limited. Please try again in a few minutes. (HTTP response code 503)

Reason: Access from your area has been temporarily limited for security reasons.

Hi Shannon,  I guess that you already emailed our Tech Director.  He said that it is working and nothing has changed regarding access from our website.  So there may be some difficulty on your end with software or security settings, etc.  You might try using a different computer.  I'm so sorry that you are having difficulty with it.  The Storyline system that I used to create the training is not transferable in any way - unfortunately - once it is published it has landed in concrete - no email or download or other way to share it.  Hopefully trying from a different computer system might help.  Please let me know if you get it to load.

Hi Shannon.  I'm checking with our Tech Director.  It should begin immediately as you press the big red button.  It can't be downloaded or emailed because of the Storyline Platform, but it should play directly from the link.  I've had another person today let me know that they can only get the audio, and not the visual.  I'm going to check on this and will get back to you.  It is all working on my computer, but I  know that our agency recently went through some tech changes.  I'll get back to you asap. 



I am very interested in learning more about the Trauma Training.  I was able to download the handouts, and I am working on implementing much of what I gathered, for a young child at my school.  I would really like to be able to see the video that goes with it.  Each time I try to watch it it will not load.  I have updated adobe and tried multiple browsers.  Can someone please help.  Even if I could get the training sent via email I would be very grateful!  Thank you so much for having this training out there!

Hi, Kris -- I've revamped the resources in this group, and have added your very excellent tutorial to the Resource list -- Tutorials (Online) section. 

Thank you SO much for posting this. I am a school counselor in Santa Rosa, CA with a high needs population/ highly traumatized population. I showed 1/2 of this video today to our teachers, and SO many came up to me to tell me how they moved they were. A lot of people mentioned "checking themselves" on how they talk about students. Really really powerful. Thank you. 

Yes, I agree, the "champion" on campus who is trusted by the admin. and other teachers would ideally be the facilitator who brings the video to the entire faculty to share and begin the dialogue. As you say, we have to create a systemic change to make a major impact.  I couldn't agree more about having the buy in from an administrator - and yes I would very much appreciate getting your material designed for principals.  We've only recently released the video, and have a lot to learn.  Developing that "marketing" package for administrators is a big next step.   We are trying to offer something to the entire education community - all over the country - so I know it will be shared in various ways.  But hopefully having a free resource will be a beginning.  Thanks, again. 

Thank you Kris for the meaningful response.  A valuable lesson our team learned last year is that the school's loved it when we showed up, but we became the crisis team to deal with issues that were happening during our time in the building.  We learned that we were taking ownership and leadership away from the principal and the intervention specialist as they walked away.  We now are working and developing a train the trainer model and won't go into a school unless the principal takes leadership in the implementation process.  It breaks my heart to see a teacher structure their classroom to meet the needs of our trauma impacted students, gain their trust and have them use the structure to self-regulate and process their feelings with the teacher....only to see these special kids fall back on their wounds when they transition to the next grade level that is very traditional with punitive consequences.


I know we have to start with one champion at a time, but for sustainability we need consistency from one class to another and one grade level to another. I have one school that is focussed on K-2 and they are doing some great work and have bonded as one team.  Next year they will had two more grade levels to insure that by the time their k-2 kids get to 5th grade, there will be a trauma informed model throughout the school.


I can see how the guide motivates meaningful discussions, I thought the format was excellent.  We're all in this together, it's great to share ideas and support one another through this journey.  I have a summary for principals if you want me to send it to you, (if you don't have one already) I think you can use it and align it to fit your specific services. 

Last edited by Jim Sporleder

I'd also like to respond to your comment, Jim, about the challenge of creating that paradigm shift - making a strong introduction to administrators to convince them that spending 1-2 hours of a professional development day on trauma is a very worthwhile use of their time.  We are trying to develop a good intro. letter to principals.  However, we've found that it helps tremendously if we have campus staff who have demonstrated their own skills in working with these challenging students and earned the trust of the principal - then they can be very effective in getting administrative buy in to share information and skills with the entire faculty.  Having that local champion - counselor, teacher, school social worker, etc. who is trusted by their colleagues on campus seems to be a big factor.  In our experience, when our Communities In Schools staff have shared the video and open up the discussion, teachers not only respond to the opportunity to share their own challenges and experiences, but ask for more trauma training. 

Thank you, Janie and Jim, for your comments.  They are much appreciated! 

I whole heartedly agree with your observations, Jim. The key is for teachers and administrators to stay well regulated, so that the student can "borrow their calm nervous system" and return to a place of feeling safe. But that isn't easy with all of the pressures put on teachers, as you've said.  And of course, strong administrative support and understanding of trauma makes all the difference.  The video and discussion guide are designed to be facilitated by any faculty member - though I agree that it is helpful if the facilitator has some background in trauma education.  I tried to make the guide very user friendly.  I've presented the video and discussion (usually a 1.5 hour minimum package with good discussion) to a number of groups here in Central Texas.  Another great resource is the Mindful Schools Program out of Oakland California.  I have great respect for the work that you did in Lincoln.  We just hosted the Paper Tigers movie to kick off National Education Week.  It was very well received - we sold out the theater in just a few hours.   Best of luck with your work!

Thank you Kris for sharing this training video. I really liked the scenarios and visual examples as to how to interact with a student who is emotionally upset. I also liked the study guide for further opportunities to dive deeper into truly understanding trauma and the strategies that are most effective. When I was at Lincoln, I knew how important it was to provide time and space for students to de-escalate, but was not aware of the power of breathing as an effective strategy and tool to help the teacher and student to move to the thinking brain.  


I have seen how powerful breathing can be to help a student move back to calm and providing them with a sense of safety in the current schools that I am working with.  I would like to get your feedback as well as others as to how the video is introduced to the school staff. A trauma informed approach is so foreign to how many educators have been trained to deal with struggling students that it takes courage and a deep commitment to make that paradigm shift from punishment to using a trauma lens of empathy and support to teach our students how to self-regulate in a safe environment.  Do you have a trainer that guides the staff through the video and support for the administrator to effectively use the supportive guide to continue the conversation and staff development?


What I have seen in my work with teachers and supporting implementation of trauma informed practices, is that our teachers are triggering due to the pressure that has been put on them by punitive legislative mandates that creates a classroom environment that is academic and data focussed.  Therefore teachers want the disrupters removed... and in many situations, the teacher's own emotional upset escalates the student to fight-flight-freeze mode. 


Our CRI team is addressing the staff as our first priority to teach them how important it is for them to bring themselves to calm, so they can approach the student with positive intent...a teachable moment.  When the bullets start flying....many want to fall back into their traditional mode.  It's easier to remove students from the classroom or to suspend them from school.  As you know it takes a true understanding of trauma in order for staff to get over the hurdle and provide opportunities for the struggling students to feel valued, safe, and to know their voice has been heard.  The greatest feedback we can receive is when a staff member shares, "I can never go back to how I used to handle discipline in my classroom"  Then you know they get it!!


As momentum is growing for trauma informed practices in our schools, I think the ACE community needs to develop a coalition to confront the high stakes testing, teacher evaluation based on student's test scores, and the death grip we still have on traditional disciplinary practices that the research clearly tells us they don't work.  We have a lot of work before us, but it's encouraging to see champions such as yourself, out there advocating for our students who don't have a voice in our system.... a trauma-informed approach will give us everything that legislators are mandating if we can allow teachers to teach to the whole child, and get the testing profiteers out of our system.  Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Teacher Evaluation tied to student test scores have NO evidenced based research that supports the punitive mandates our teachers are working under.  They can't attack the teachers without having it filtered down to our kids....shameful. 


Thanks Kris for your work and being part of such a powerful training tool.




Wow!!! I watched the whole video. Everyone who works with kids should watch this. I loved the simplicity and insight of this informative program first for me, as someone who suffers from CPTS, and second as one who works with children. I can assure you that if you follow the advice they give it will work.  I have learned so much already from the people who helped to put this program together by reading some of the books and articles they have written.


Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

Last edited by Janie Lancaster
Copyright © 2023, PACEsConnection. All rights reserved.
Link copied to your clipboard.