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Trauma, Stress, and Anxiety in Schools: Finding Hope and Building Resilience - #SPC18176

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

Poverty, suicide, abuse, divorce, and community violence are some of the many traumatic, yet common, life experiences and events students of today’s society face. In addition, factors including social media and high stakes testing have been linked to the increasing rates of stress and anxiety among youth. This insightful course provides practical applications on how to understand, connect with, and accommodate students and their families experiencing the adverse effects of trauma, stress, and anxiety. 

Participants will research the short and long-term outcomes associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), learn how to incorporate effective trauma-informed practices, and build relationships with students and their families based on respect, trust, and empathy. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress management, suicide prevention awareness, students living in poverty, and educational procedures used to respond to traumatic events are additional topics accentuated in this course.  

Finally, educators will focus on their own well-being and discover ways to strengthen resilience and manage stress and anxiety associated with the soaring demands of the profession. Course participants will become better equipped to effectively respond to students’ complex needs.

Global Goals of the Course

To deepen and/or apply the content and skills of the teacher’s existing professional knowledge base by meeting the following global goals of the course:

  1. Evaluate the adverse effects of stress, anxiety, and trauma on students.
  2. Implement research-based strategies to accommodate students experiencing stress and anxiety.
  3. Incorporate trauma-informed educational practices to support students in school.
  4. Devise a plan with steps that can be taken to improve one’s mental health and overall well-being.
  5. Research school and community programs and resources available to support students experiencing the adverse effects of stress, anxiety, and trauma.



By Timothy Wolowiec
Reviewed 8 months ago
Steve Novak is great at teaching through this medium. He understands we're all professionals and is understanding with classwork. He is also a great facilitator for conversation and is knowledgeable in multiple areas.

By Helen Johnston
Reviewed 6 months ago
Thank you for helping me open my eyes to the behind-the-scenes possibilities my students could be experiencing and what I can do to support them. I also appreciated the milestone dedicated to our own mental health and well-being. I feel that has been overlooked and ignored by school districts and communities, and it is time for educators to take care of themselves first!

By Khalida Himes
Reviewed 11 months ago
This course was very informative, updated, and gave wonderful reading suggestions in addition to the material covered.

By Katherine Robison
Reviewed 9 months ago
The readings and assignments pushed me to reflect on my work as an educator and there were many ideas from readings that can be applied immediately.

By Ashley McCarthy
Reviewed 4 months ago
Steve Novak is an excellent professor who provides meaningful work and feedback for his students.

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