Course Description

Through an ongoing pandemic and civil and political unrest, millions of American children and their teachers are returning to K-12 classrooms traumatized. Trauma-informed classrooms have never been more pertinent or more important!

Understanding Trauma: A Course for Educators is the first in a 3-part series that provides information on trauma in a way that is applicable for k-12 teachers. The course will give you the foundational knowledge to:

  • Understand how trauma effects our students
  • Identify the students that may be particularly at-risk for trauma to help teachers advocate for them
  • Recognize the ongoing events in the United States that continue to cause trauma in all of us

Target Audience

This course is intended for k-12 teachers of any discipline.

Course Purpose

This course provides K-12 Educators of any discipline with foundational knowledge of trauma, populations of students that are at risk of trauma, the differences between PTSD and Complex Trauma, and the recent public stresses that have made it hard for our students to learn.


This course introduces the subject of trauma and is the first of three courses on Trauma-Informed Education.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify potentially traumatic scenarios and events
  • Identify populations of students that are particularly at risk of being traumatized
  • Understand and articulate how trauma is stored in the body
  • Understand and articulate the major differences between PTSD and Complex Trauma
  • Identify the recent public stresses in the United States that have contributed to trauma and trauma reactions in students and teachers

Course Time to Complete

This course will take students about 10 hours to complete.


You can purchase 1 CEU credit at the completion of this course.

Technology Needed For the Course

In order to complete this course, you will need a computer with speakers that is connected to the internet.

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Course Instructor: Teresa Campbell, MM, MA

Teresa Campbell is a musician, advocate, and experienced instructor specializing in working with immigrant students and students with traumatic backgrounds. She has taught violin and orchestra to children and adults, English as a Second Language to adults, provided GED coaching to adults looking to get their high school diploma, and has also worked in the areas of youth homelessness and crisis work. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance, a Master of Music in Music Education, and a second Master of Arts in English as a Second Language. In addition to writing online professional development courses, Teresa works as an Adult Education Coordinator at the Hartford Public Library, maintains a small studio of violin and viola students, plays gigs in the Hartford area, and holds the position of Regional Vice Chair for Region 1 on the Board of American Mensa.