Being trauma-responsive is the skillfulness required by the adults in our educational and work settings to integrate our own inside-out work with strategies in order to mitigate our own vicarious trauma and well as decrease the chances of re-traumatizing those we serve, adults and children alike.
What is also key is that we are being trauma-responsive by holding high academic expectations for our students.
Being trauma-responsive builds on the knowledge and skills learned in being trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive.
And of course, healing and equity must be part of the equation.
Learning to be trauma-responsive cannot be done as effectively without exploring equity and how to be more culturally-responsive. To that end, as educators, we must educate ourselves from the “inside out.” Then, we must learn classroom and school-wide culture & climate strategies that reflect more equitable, trauma-sensitive practices to reduce classroom referrals and suspension rates and create more love in our schools. For more information about offerings in becoming trauma-responsive and healing-centered with Tovi, please visit her partnership page at www.truthedconsulting.com.
Tovi is a Certified Dynamic Mindfulness Trainer by Niroga Institute.
Dynamic Mindfulness is an evidence-based, trauma-informed program that strengthens stress resilience and social-emotional learning.
Mindful action, breathing, and centering are its key elements.
HOW IT WORKS
It’s as easy as ABC. Mindful action, breathing, and centering helps shift our response to stress: we move with full attention on the present experience while using the breath to calm our nervous system.
Chronic stress places us in a persistent state of fight, flight, or freeze. Our ability to make decisions, pay attention, regulate emotions, adaptively cope, and experience empathy is disrupted. And, over time, our bodies and our mental health begin to feel the toll.
With trauma-informed Dynamic Mindfulness, or DMind, we are able to shift our response from fight, flight, or freeze to rest and restore. (Or, in more scientific terms, we can downshift from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system.)
The result? Increased focus, stronger stress resilience, and an improved sense of well-being – for BOTH students and adults.