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The Trauma Sensitive Classroom

The Trauma Sensitive Classroom

Do you want to know how to address the needs of students who come to class having experienced trauma? 

Are you interested in learning specific techniques so you have what it takes to create a trauma-sensitive classroom? The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, by Patricia Jennings, provides all the tools and strategies you need not only to recognize the signs of trauma and adversity in students but also to play that important role in helping students overcome their challenges and focus on their strengths. This will enable students to be more successful in the classroom and help teachers care for themselves first, so they have the resilience to maintain mindful compassion while teaching. 

Graduate Credits/Clock Hours: 3 Quarter Graduate Credits offered through Seattle Pacific University or 30 Clock Hours offered.

WA State OSPI clock hours offered through approved provider ESD 112

State of Nevada Department of Education Approved Provider

Texas Education Agency Approved CPE provider.

Required Reading: The Trauma Sensitive Classroom, Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching, written by Patricia Jennings, Forward by Daniel J.Siegel

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1) Purchase and read The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching, by Patricia A. Jennings.

2) Write complete answers to all of the questions on the Book Study Handout. The handout is provided to you after registration is completed.

3) Students will complete the Trauma-Sensitive School Checklist, found on page 42 of the text. They will then write a 2-3 page paper, reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of their school setting based on this checklist, and incorporating a plan of improvement specifically focused on one of the five components listed; School-Wide Policies and Practices, Classroom Strategies and Techniques, Collaborations and Linkages with Mental Health Supports, Family Partnerships or Community Linkages.  Students will typically choose the component that they have some control over. Most classroom teachers, for example, would choose either Classroom Strategies and Techniques or Family Partnerships. School counselors and mental health specialists would choose Collaborations and Linkages with Mental Health Supports. Administrators taking this course would choose School-Wide Policies and Practices. Educators who deal with community partnerships would choose Community Linkages. 

All 3 assignments must be completed within 1 year. Upload completed handout and paper to website or email all completed assignments and paperwork to

SPU NOTE: Please be sure to register prior to completing any coursework. Registering for a course after coursework has been started violates accreditation standards and puts the University at risk; therefore, SPU reserves the right to not award credit if students are found to be in violation of this policy.

1) All (3) assignments must be completed within 1 year. Students will upload their assignments to their Teacher Study Dashboard or Email to

2) The rubric for the Book Study Hand-Out is broken down into 3 goal areas.

The first goal area pertains to questions #1-26 on the Hand-Out. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a 1”, 2”, 3”, “4” or 5” according to the rubric.

The second goal area pertains to questions #27-45. You will need to answer these questions and earn a 1”, 2”, 3”, “4” or 5” according to the rubric.

The third goal area pertains to questions #46-62. You will need to answer these questions and earn a 1”, 2”, 3”, “4” or 5” according to the rubric.

3) The rubric for The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom paper explains how to earn a 1”, 2”, 3”, “4” or 5”.

The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is 20 (15 points for the

answers to the questions on the Hand-Out and 5 points for the paper).

Grading is as follows:

A” grade – 18-20 points

B” grade – 16-17 points

C” grade – 14-15 points

D” grade – 13-14 points

“E” grade – 12 points or less

"NC" (No Credit)  grade will be given if all 3 assignments are not completed within 1 year.


Earn 3 graduate level quarter credits offered through Seattle Pacific University, an accredited university. Additional $180 fee, payable to SPU. You must register with SPU first to earn graduate credit.

Students also have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours. Other known terms include, but are not limited to, Professional Development Hours, Professional Development Points, Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Units or your school district's equivalent language for clock hours earned.

A Certificate of Completion will be provided once coursework is reviewed and graded.

Note: WA State Educators have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours offered through ESD 112.  $3 per clock hour. ESD clock hour claim code will be forwarded to you once the course is completed.

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