Trauma for Teachers



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The reality is I’ve seen great teachers leave the field, and it breaks my heart. These teachers were excellent at what they did but didn’t have the expertise or know-how to help the many children in their classroom that deal with trauma. This lack of preparedness left them burnt out, overwhelmed, and unsure about the next step. I aim to use my experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Thanantologist, and Infant Mental Health specialist and combine them with your years of teaching to help you feel confident in leading children through trauma in the classroom.

That’s why I developed this course so you can access trauma frameworks and classroom management strategies that I believe can be life-changing for these children and create a whole new way of teaching future generations. This comprehensive training shows you exactly how to support children through trauma from start to finish and work with children each step of the way to support them and empower them.

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Who is the course for?

This course benefits anybody who works with children in the school setting, whether you are a pre-k classroom teacher, elementary classroom teacher, secondary classroom teacher, administrator, or para-professional. If you’re ready to apply successful trauma intervention frameworks and strategies to see change happen in your classroom, this is the course for you.

You will see an increase in your confidence as a teacher, a decrease in the behaviors in your classroom, more confidence and happiness from your students, and increased learning. I can’t wait to see you in the course.

Your Instructor

Erin Troup


Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in early childhood social emotional needs, particularly attachment, grief & loss, trauma and anxiety. Erin earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and child development from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She attended Chatham University for her MS in counseling and earned her Infant Mental Health Certificate in Pennsylvania’s first Infant Mental Health cohort.

In 2013 after work on a seminal grant supporting postpartum depression, Erin felt there was a gap in supportive counseling and consultation for many young families. She opened her practice: Sprout Center for Emotional Growth and Development, LLC out of the love and passion for supporting children and their families. She has worked in the fields of Mental Health, Early Intervention and Behavioral Health service for over 15 years. Erin has presented on a variety of topics including mental health, grief and loss, social emotional and child development throughout the United States; but she calls Pittsburgh home. Erin is a registered Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) clinician, Certified in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling and an Endorsed Infant Mental Health Mentor.

Learning Path

In this first session, we will explore what trauma is, what infant mental health is, and how childhood brain development works. These sessions build upon one another. As you progress through the training, you will learn why trauma doesn’t respond to traditional behavior interventions well and regulation strategies on how to help children calm down, focus, and learn as much as possible while in your classroom.

If you are a teacher of big kids, you may feel like this training isn’t for you. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. These strategies will work for pre-k children all the way up through post-secondary education.

Video 26 Min 

What does minor trauma look like compared to more complex trauma? In this session, we explore how trauma changes our brain, some activities that you can use in the classroom to build confidence, and building blocks that help children begin to work through trauma.

Video 30 Min  + 2 Resource Videos

Some children in our classroom can have large, over-the-top feelings. Others in our classroom can have more reserved, internal feelings. Both of them manifest as behaviors. In this session, we discuss what you need to understand about unique behavior manifestations in the classroom, what is trauma and what it isn’t, and how to ask the right questions to manage behavior.

Instead of leaving the classroom asking, “What’s wrong with this child”? We want you to complete this lesson asking questions like, “Who is this child? What have they experienced? What do they believe is true?” and “How do I help?”

Video 15 Min  + 1 Resource Video

Children who have experienced trauma have emotional reactivity, distorted perceptions of reality, and inadequate skills like poor problem-solving skills. In this session, we build upon our learnings with behavioral manifestations and our big T, little T traumas by giving you strategies and a support system to help you become even more fluent in understanding trauma.

Video 22 Min  + 1 Resource Video

You’ve learned about Big T and little t trauma, what behavioral manifestations look like in the classroom, and have become more fluent on how to build a strategy and support system for helping children with trauma; now it’s time to apply it into your practice.

This last session focuses on general strategies, classroom management strategies, cognitive strategies, physical strategies, sensory strategies, environmental strategies, psychomotor strategies, and emotional strategies that you can implement in your classroom right now. Enjoy!

Video 21 Min