Recognizing Student Trauma:

A Trauma Informed Guide for School Staff

Have you ever...

Felt frustrated, disappointed, or confused by an interaction with a student, or by a student's behavior? 

Patience, not punishment

Students who have experienced traumatic events may not have the capacity to manage difficult emotions and impulses, or explain what they are feeling.

Van der Kolk, B. A. (2015)

Additional Trauma

Exclusionary discipline does little to help and support the student, and damages the relationship between the school staff, the student, and their family.


Gibson & Haight (2013)

Students benefit from connections that provide

empathy, support, and acceptance.  

More supportive, productive relationships with your students start here.

Learn how trauma and stress create physiological changes in the brain.

What is Trauma?

 How to determine if a student needs support.

Recognize the Signs

How to have meaningful interactions with students.

Best Practices


Alexis K. Dragun, DSW, LCSW, is a high school social worker with almost ten years of experience.  Alexis has witnessed firsthand the effects that trauma and adverse childhood experiences can have on a student, their family, and the community.  As a school social worker, Alexis provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, mediation, and acts as a conduit between students, teachers, administration, and families. Alexis also functions as a member of a child study team, where she manages a caseload of students receiving special education and related services. 


Alexis holds a certificate in Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and graduated from the Rutgers Doctorate in Social Work Program in May 2019.

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