Phoenix, AZ: Schools dealing with trauma from home

Sept 15, 2017, Phoenix Daily Tribune Phoenix Center, Marble Falls ISD expand partnership through mental health care services Phoenix Center and the Marble Falls Independent School District are partnering to meet the needs of children who have experienced trauma.

The two will do this through implementing and expanding school-based programs and initiatives.

The partnership, which started in the fall of 2015, reflects nationwide efforts for schools to be trauma-informed to meet the complex and special needs of children who have experienced trauma. ...

This will allow the two entities to provide school-based therapy services for students in crisis during the school year. … Since the center and the school district began working together, the initiative has served 232 students, officials said.

According to a survey by National Survey of Children’s Health, nearly half of children in the United States have experienced one or more types of serious childhood trauma — 34,825,978 children nationwide. ...

Decades of research proves trauma can negatively affect brain development, impacting how a child learns, grows, and connects with others.

Students who have experienced trauma, such as physical abuse, are at a greater risk of abusing drugs or alcohol, becoming pregnant, being exposed to sexually transmitted diseases, delinquency, and receiving poor grades. Trauma in youth also increases rates of suicide and depression.

We feel the partnership with the Phoenix Center is key to fulfilling our vision to ‘… love every child and inspire them to achieve their fullest potential,’

MFISD superintendent Chris Allen said. “The provision of mental health services and trauma-informed training help students and teachers come together in the pursuit of success for all.” ...

One teacher remarked on the success of the program with her students, “A positive change in the classroom that I have noticed is that children use calm-down strategies that were reinforced through yoga.”

In addition to programming, designated rooms – and related therapeutic materials – have been created on several school campuses. ...

A sensory room was created at Spicewood Elementary School as a trauma-informed intervention to increase coping skills and emotional regulation.