SMHI Webinar: Guidance for Trauma Screening in Schools


Educators and mental health professionals have grown increasingly concerned about the impact of trauma on students' ability to learn, regulate behavior, maintain healthy relationships, and succeed. As a result, the desire for thorough and accurate assessment of trauma, including screening and assessment measures, has grown in recent years. This webinar will offer considerations and recommendations for selecting, implementing, and interpreting trauma screeners within the context of schools. For additional information, see Guidance for Trauma Screening in Schools from the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the role and function of universal and targeted screening in schools.
  2. Identify considerations and cautions when implementing trauma screenings in schools.
  3. Plan for implementation and follow-up after trauma screening.

Presenter Information

Eric Rossen, Ph.D., NCSP, is a national certified school psychologist with experience working in both public school and private practice. He is the director for the National Association of School Psychologists. His interest in trauma began when working in a large, diverse public school as a school psychologist in Maryland. He experienced the challenges in learning about a child’s adverse experiences, yet responding to requests to identify that child as having a disability; knowing full well they were likely responding in an adaptive way to their environment that simply was not conducive to learning. As a result of those experiences, he undertook editing a book called Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students. 

Katie Eklund, PhD, NCSP, is a faculty member at the University of Missouri in the School Psychology program. Prior to this, she worked in the schools for 10 years as a school psychologist, and then administrator, and also as a school social worker. She has had experience providing counseling and support services with students who may have behavior and emotional concerns, and also have had trauma in their lives.

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