Trauma Awareness within the PBIS Framework

Trauma Awareness within PBIS

Participants will learn basic information about trauma, understand how trauma influences our stress response and impacts brain development. Additionally, participants will leave understanding the big picture of where trauma-informed practices fit within a three-tiered framework and interested in learning about setting up routines in the classroom for regulation, relationships, and self-awareness.

Who Should Participate

Any individual including teachers, family members, administrators, mental health professionals, clinicians, social workers, psychologists, or other school personnel. District and school-based teams are also welcome to participate in the training as a group.


  • Know how trauma-informed practices fit within a three-tiered framework

  • Articulate the definition of trauma

  • Describe the stress response and what it could look like in the classroom

  • Describe "downstairs brain" and provide examples

  • Know the importance of setting up routines in the classroom for regulation, relationships, and self-awareness

  • Understand the 3 R's (regulate, relate, reason) when interacting with youth

MODULE 2: What is Trauma

Module 2 What is Trauma PPT

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Questions

Under The Surface Video (4 minutes)

MODULE 3: Trauma & The Brain

Module 3 Trauma & The Brain PPT

Video: Six Core Strengths by Dr. Bruce Perry (4:30 mins)

Video: Brain Development & "Flipping your lid" by Dr. Daniel Siegel (2:30 mins)

MODULE 3: Additional Resources

MODULE 4: Fight, Flight & Freeze

MODULE 4: Additional Resources

MODULE 5: Trauma-Informed Classroom Practices

Module 5 Trauma-Informed-Classsrom PPT

Visit the Midwest PBIS Classroom Practices page for additional support on implementing classroom practices with fidelity!

MODULE 5: Additional Resources

Moving from Cloudy to Increasingly Clear: Aligning Explicit Teaching Behaviors with the Core Principles of Trauma Informed Practice (2019, February). Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 1-2.

Trauma Informed Classrooms - Technical Assistance Brief from National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success

Regulate, Relate and Reason -- Neurochild

Brain Breaks and Focused Attention Practices - Edutopia

Brain Breaks: PPT

Page links updated 12-8-21 AG