Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

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Product Description

 

In this galvanizing book for all educators, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall explore an urgent and growing issue--childhood trauma--and its profound effect on learning and teaching.

Grounded in research and the authors' experience working with trauma-affected students and their teachers, Fostering Resilient Learners will help you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. The authors--a mental health therapist and a veteran principal--provide proven, reliable strategies to help you

* Understand what trauma is and how it hinders the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom.
* Build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable students to learn at high levels.
* Adopt a strengths-based approach that leads you to recalibrate how you view destructive student behaviors and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles.
* Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your students flourish.

Each chapter also includes questions and exercises to encourage reflection and extension of the ideas in this book. As an educator, you face the impact of trauma in the classroom every day. Let this book be your guide to seeking solutions rather than dwelling on problems, to building relationships that allow students to grow, thrive, and--most assuredly--learn at high levels.

 

Review

As a school counselor for the last 20 years, I am so grateful for this book! Kristin has served trauma-impacted children and families throughout her career and has incredibly effective ways of sharing all that she has learned. I am a stronger counselor and more effective leader in my building due to her influence. I am so excited that through this book, more people will be inspired to learn and grow in the important work of serving kids and families affected by trauma. -- Laurie Curran, elementary school counselor

The effects of chronic stress and adversity on children's learning, development, and behavior have been well documented in the literature over the past two decades. Kristin Souers not only is an expert and innovator in the field but also has a knack for translating the research into effective practice for children and adults alike. Fostering Resilient Learners is an excellent, practical resource for all adults working with and inside education systems, and I highly recommend it to better understand the needs of the whole child and to create the foundation for all students' learning and success. -- Natalie Turner, Assistant Director, Child and Family Research Unit, Washington State University

The information, strategies, and support that this book offers are what we need in our profession to truly leave no children behind. In implementing these strategies, you will shift your focus from reacting to negative student behavior to explaining and preventing negative student behavior. Once you can prevent getting "sucked into Oz," you can achieve all your goals for staff and students. -- Shannon Lawson, building principal

Review

As a school counselor for the last 20 years, I am so grateful for this book! Kristin has served trauma-impacted children and families throughout her career and has incredibly effective ways of sharing all that she has learned. I am a stronger counselor and more effective leader in my building due to her influence. I am so excited that through this book, more people will be inspired to learn and grow in the important work of serving kids and families affected by trauma. -- Laurie Curran, elementary school counselor

From the Back Cover

In this galvanizing book for all educators, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall explore an urgent and growing issue--childhood trauma--and its profound effect on learning and teaching.

Grounded in research and the authors' experience working with trauma-affected students and their teachers, Fostering Resilient Learners will help you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. The authors--a mental health therapist and a veteran principal--provide proven, reliable strategies to help you

* Understand what trauma is and how it hinders the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom.

* Build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable students to learn at high levels.

* Adopt a strengths-based approach that leads you to recalibrate how you view destructive student behaviors and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles.

* Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your students flourish.

Each chapter also includes questions and exercises to encourage reflection and extension of the ideas in this book. As an educator, you face the impact of trauma in the classroom every day. Let this book be your guide to seeking solutions rather than dwelling on problems, to building relationships that allow students to grow, thrive, and--most assuredly--learn at high levels.

 

About the Author

Kristin Souers is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington. Kristin has a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University. She is an assistant director at Washington State University's Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) in the CLEAR Trauma Center. Kristin also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Masters of Counseling Psychology Program at Gonzaga University. Kristin is an expert in understanding the impact of trauma on individuals and families and has provided consultation and training on this topic to education and human services systems for more than 20 years