Becoming Trauma Responsive
“Becoming Trauma Responsive”, explores the effects of trauma on learning, behavior, and developing relationships. Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the United States were strained to meet the social and emotional needs of students. Most school districts reported large increases in depression and general anxiety from students and educators. Unfortunately for individuals already affected by trauma, the elevated stress and uncertainty caused by the pandemic were felt even stronger. Our film documents the experiences of three different schools (Pre K - Middle School) in Kansas and Missouri to see how each has adapted and changed to meet the social and emotional needs of their students and staff. We also interviewed trauma experts who have spent decades in the field of neuroscience, therapy, and counseling to learn how to teach kids resiliency despite hardships and traumatic events in their lives. Finally, we hear the story of Nathan Ross, a victim of one of one of the most high-profile cases of child abuse in Kansas City, MO and how he was able to channel his experiences to help others in foster care and adoption. His message to educators provides a unique look at what we can all do help kids especially when we don’t know their background.
February 21st @8pm on KCPT, KTWU, Smoky Hills station
See what people are saying about the film:
"I can’t thank you enough for sending this movie link. Our social work department leads a class for teachers called, Building a Trauma-Informed Classroom, and we’ve been looking for an engaging film with a hopeful message to show our class participants (teachers). This film definitely fits the bill. I was happy to see the focus on relationships as the most important aspect of being trauma informed or trauma responsive. The final segment on secondary trauma/compassion fatigue is another key aspect that is often overlooked.This film is wonderful! "Noreen M. Hill, MSWSchool Social Worker
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