Applying Trauma-Sensitive Practices in School Counseling provides school counselors with the research, knowledge, and skills they need to implement interventions that will impact the academic, social, and emotional outcomes of traumatized students. This guidebook is for school counselors, especially those who work with students with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Readers will obtain background information about ACEs and the effects of chronic stress in childhood, trauma-informed programs for school counselors to lead school-wide, and tools and strategies for school counselors to implement in personal practice.

chapter 1|3 pages


part Step 1|53 pages

Understand the Impact of Childhood Trauma on Student Learning and Child Development

chapter 2|10 pages

The ACEs Study

Lasting Effects from Childhood Trauma

chapter 3|16 pages

Neurobiology and Learning

How Trauma Changes the Developing Brain

chapter 4|15 pages

Mental Health

What’s Beneath the Symptoms

part Step 2|43 pages

Develop Trauma-Sensitivity Schoolwide

chapter 6|16 pages

Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Reframing the “Why” Not the “How”

part Step 3|107 pages

Implement School Counseling Strategies to Support Students with ACEs

chapter 8|30 pages

Developing TSC

chapter 9|22 pages

Tiered Interventions

Putting It All Together

chapter 10|24 pages


Developing Strategies through Skill-Building Lessons

chapter 11|23 pages

Creating Connectedness

Caring Matters

chapter 12|6 pages


Next Steps for Counselor Leaders