Video Courses

Trauma-Informed Practice 

IACET Accredited
0.3 CEUs 2.5 Training Hours

In the United States, one in four children have already experienced a traumatic event in their lifetimes. These children are at risk for psychological, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges, as well as long-term health and developmental setbacks. If neglected or ignored, these trauma-induced difficulties can have lifelong repercussions. Therefore, it is imperative for teachers and educators to be equipped with the knowledge and strategies to intervene and make a meaningful difference for any and all children struggling with the negative effects of trauma. By taking a trauma-informed approach to the classroom, teachers have the immense power to transform a child’s life and put them onto a path of healing. If applied with consistency and within a caring, nurturing relationship, this approach will foster the resilience children need to learn and thrive at school.

100% Free
Time to complete
2.5 Hours
Recommended for
  • All teachers and educators 
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Understand what trauma is and the impact is has on children’s learning and development.
  • Recognize and understand the role of teachers in mitigating the effects of trauma. 
  • Understand the purpose, goals, and core principles of trauma-informed practice. 
  • Learn how to build resilience in children with trauma histories so they are able to withstand, adapt, and recover. 
  • Recognize the persistence of inequity in the United States and how this can be traumatizing to children. 
  • Understand the dangers and warning signs of a trauma exposure response.  
Why It Matters
  • Children with trauma histories will be engaged by teachers who  take a trauma-informed approach to the classroom. 
  • Children with trauma histories will develop the resilience needed to withstand, adapt, and recover. 
  • Children with trauma histories will be able to learn, thrive, and reach their full potential.

Dr. Renée Boyton-Jarret and Dr. Neena McConnico served as Subject Matter Experts for this course and partnered with the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy to create it.

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    A Foundational Knowledge of Trauma

     Duration 34  minutes
    Understanding the specifics of what trauma is, the effects on children’s learning and development, and the role of teachers in mitigating these effects through a trauma-informed approach to the classroom.
  2. Lesson 2

    The Road to Resilience

     Duration 47  minutes
    Learning classroom strategies and techniques to mitigate the effects of trauma and foster the resilience children need to withstand, adapt, and recover.  
  3. Lesson 3

    A Teacher’s Perspective

     Duration 51  minutes
    Maximizing the effectiveness of trauma-informed practice by focusing on the role of teachers, the challenges they may encounter, and the importance of prioritizing their own health and well-being.
  4. Lesson 4

    Trauma-informed Practice End-of-Course Assessment

     Duration 18  minutes

Your Facilitators

  • Renée Boynton-Jarrett
    MD, ScD
    Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, is a pediatrician and social epidemiologist on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine and founder of the Vital Villages Network.
  • Neena McConnico
    Neena McConnico, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine and the founder of STRIVE (Supportive Trauma Interventions for Educators) for the City of Boston.


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.