Sanctuary Spaces - Trauma Responsive Coaching


Creating Sanctuary Spaces for Young People

Young people in our inner-cities are exposed to an overwhelming amount of stress and violence.  Many of the adults who serve these youth do not come from the same level of environmental trauma.  As a result, they often experience vicarious trauma. They also can easily misinterpret student behavior through the lens of "defiance," rather than through a trauma-responsive lens.  If adults become aware of trauma and its impact on learning and development, they are far more likely to respond in way that don't cause further harm.  They also can begin to develop skillful ways to respond the youth they serve and support them in growing and learning.  

These workshops can be tailored to the needs of any community which serves youth who have experienced past trauma or are experiencing on-going trauma.

Trauma-Responsive Teaching/ Program Development

  • Demystifying Trauma - basic trauma literacy 
  • Defining Sanctuary Spaces - The Elements of Healing Spaces

             (includes site specific goal-setting)

  • Understanding the Extremes - How to work with most severely impacted 

            students/ when to ask for help

  • Site-Specific Goal-Setting and Reflective Supervision
  • How to support youth workers - The Role of Vicarious Trauma

Community-Responsive Curriculum Development

  • Building classroom practices which support students in maintaining and developing tools for self-regulation
  • Incorporating student inquiry into Common Core aligned curriculum
  • Building a sense of purpose into the work of the classroom such that students feel the relevance of their work and see its effects in their school and community
  • Involving the community in meaningful ways
  • Making time/ space within instruction time for the human element