Dorado, UCSF HEARTS helping educators create trauma-sensitive school environments

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

California schools are beginning to address the effect of severe childhood trauma on the health and achievement of their students, thanks to years of research and resources like the UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS) program. UCSF HEARTS director Joyce Dorado, PhD, was recently featured in an article by EdSource looking at the growing number of schools aiming to provide teachers with the skills to better manage traumatized students in the classroom.

UCSF HEARTS, a program of Child and Adolescent Services at SFGH in collaboration with the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, is a partnership with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) aimed at promoting success for students who have experienced trauma by creating school environments that are more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive of their needs. In the EdSource article, Dorado’s work with teachers at San Francisco’s Ida B. Wells Continuation High School is presented as an example of the training being done to help educators address the needs of traumatized youth.


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