News headlines depict a student body facing unprecedented challenges and trauma. The Establishing Trauma Informed Schools Summit that was held April 13 offered training to Clark County School District (CCSD) and charter school personnel, staff and teachers, as well as law enforcement and court personnel to effectively handle suicide prevention, counter violence and extremism, serve as a trusted adult, recognize risk factors of those who may be suicidal and to handle the aftermath appropriately.
More than 250 attended the summit that featured speakers including: Eighth Judicial District Court Judge William Voy, Richard Egan, Office of Suicide Prevention, Denise Parker, Department of Family Services, Richard Egan, Office of Suicide Prevention, Cesar Lemos, Director/Department of Juvenile Justice, Jae Beasley, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Joe Roberts, CCSD Threat Assessments.
It is recognized that trauma affects brain development, the body, behaviors, thinking, self-concept and relationships. Research indicates that one out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. The goal with trauma-informed schools is to help children feel safe so they can learn. The idea is that social and emotional well being have to be addressed to remove stress and facilitate the learning process.
Attendees were given information and tools including:
A first-responders’ checklist.
Children’s responses to traumatic incidences.
Development stages affect how children interpret their fear and how they experience traumatic reaction to death.
Developmental Issues of Grieving Children and How to Help.
The summit was hosted by: the Office of Suicide Prevention, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department , the Eighth Judicial District Court , the Clark County School District and the Charter School Association of Nevada.