Grief Informed & Trauma Informed Practices

Pursuant to TEC §38.351 Section (b) and Sub-section (c-5) each school district may select programs related to this area of mental health promotion and intervention, substance abuse prevention and intervention, and suicide prevention for appropriate implementation in the district. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children and adolescents who have experienced adverse childhood experiences, grief and trauma. Schools can create grief and trauma-informed environments that mitigate against the impacts of trauma and grief, and nurture resilience. Resources related to this component of school mental health can foster grief and trauma-informed competencies, help reduce the effects of trauma and grief on children by recognizing trauma responses, inform accommodating and responding to traumatized students with evidence-based strategies within the classroom, educate and inform parents and families, and equip school student support teams to connect students and their families to mental health professionals when necessary. 

To view resources on this component of school mental health you can visit the new Texas School Mental Health Website for the Mental and Behavioral Health Recommended Evidence-Based Programs and Research-Based Practices Repository.  This repository is updated as resources are reviewed and approved.

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Mental and Behavioral Health Team
Contact Information

Julie Wayman, Mental/Behavioral Health Director

Tammy Genke, Project A.W.A.R.E State Coordinator

Ashton Millet, Education & Program Specialist- Project A.W.A.R.E