Policy Brief Discussion 2: Trauma and Resilience

proactive approaches/resilience

In response to this question - again, system-wide education, which would include information and implementation of supportive *tools* (as mentioned: safety cards, yoga, relaxation, exercise, focusing on feelings vs. facts) can foster a sense of empowerment and forward motion, rater than feeling stuck in the trauma and its impact. "We are here to give you tools to help manage the negative effects of stress" is one approach that many can respond to in a positive way. Children also respond well to statements such as "You can teach your brain and body how to relax and slow down," or "You have come through some big challenges, so I know you have some good strategies to get through stressful times. Let's figure out how to use those in a more effective way at school...," etc. Some of this is semantics; other pieces are the actions and school atmosphere (ie: safety and strengths) promoted and sustained by admins and teachers.