Training for Staff

One-day training session

Schools and school districts continually seek ways to make every student feel valued, respected, safe, wanted, and connected. Trauma-Informed practices function to create compassionate learning communities by understanding trauma and its effects, and working with the school community in responding to challenging behaviour in a way that supports the students, families, and staff alike. Using a Trauma-Informed lens with best practice from the field of Violence Prevention and Intervention Strategies, this training strives to provide a deeper understanding of how to create, measure, and evaluate school connectedness.

By guiding and assisting with the positive development of classroom/school climate and culture, we ensure school communities where students feel safe, accepted, and respected regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, or sexual orientation. Many students come to school each day because the school is the only place they feel physically safe, yet are not connected emotionally. This training will explore ways to reach out to these students to help create feelings of being valued, respected, and wanted.

This training also provides an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has created, including a look at trauma and its impact on our youth, current social media trends, violent behaviour patterns, all facets of bullying, and successful intervention strategies.

Training Will Include:

  • The What, Why, and How of Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma
  • What is Hate, Racism, Bias, and Privilege
  • Best practice in the design of and strengthening School Codes of Conduct
  • Promoting connectedness and understanding the relationship between school culture/climate and school safety through assessment and improvement strategies
  • Understanding the importance of the role of the physical environment in schools
  • Knowledge of the difference between peer conflict, mean behaviour, and bullying behaviour
  • Successful intervention strategies & tools to address the different types of bullying
  • Effects of bullying behaviour on children and youth
  • Managing social media & the evolution of sexting behaviour and sextortion
  • Trauma-Informed practice – what is trauma, and how it impacts youth
  • Understanding what kind of trauma youth may have been exposed to while physical distancing during the pandemic
  • The importance of staying connected with high-risk and vulnerable youth and monitoring changes in behavioural baseline
  • Criteria for program selection & implementation (e.g. social emotional learning)
  • Diversity – design for the difference to address homophobia, racism, and systemic racism


Safer Schools Together provides evidence-based micro and macro informed workshops that focus on relevant issues impacting 21 century classrooms, communities, and stakeholders.

Anita Lethbridge, Coordinator of Counselling & Wellness

Anita Lethbridge, Coordinator of Counselling & Wellness Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

Highly knowledgeable and engaging presenters. The day was filled with new and fulfilling experiences aimed at providing healthier, safer educational experiences for our youth.

Cathy Kitagawa, Counsellor

Cathy Kitagawa, Counsellor Lethbridge School Division

The training I took with Safer Schools Together was GREAT! The information was relevant and will be helpful to use in my schools. The presenters were very knowledgeable and made the training session fun.

Amanda Andrew, Family Connections

Amanda Andrew, Family Connections Horizon School Division

I enjoyed SST’s workshop on Ensuring Safe and Trauma-Informed School Communities. I found the information delivered in this workshop very useful, and eye-opening! The facilitators were both very knowledgeable and did an awesome job of keeping the audience engaged!

Katie West, Family Connections Worker

Katie West, Family Connections Worker Palliser Regional Schools

The training was extremely beneficial in providing context on the current online trends and how as staff we can be more diligent in keeping up to date with what youth are posting. Thank you to the organizers!

Nidha Yaqub, SEY Youth Outreach

Nidha Yaqub, SEY Youth Outreach Pacific Community Resources Society

The trainers were so engaging throughout the presentation. I was skeptical about the entire training being online based on the topics. However, I felt very connected, as we had so many opportunities to discuss, ask questions, and participate in break-out rooms! Thanks again for such valuable training!

Maya Bhogal, Youth Counsellor (Youth Intervention Program)

Maya Bhogal, Youth Counsellor (Youth Intervention Program) Surrey RCMP

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