AWARE Western Kentucky Trauma Informed for Educators and School Personnel Learning Collaborative


The Project AWARE 2 Trauma Informed Care for Educators (TICE) Learning Collaborative is an opportunity to learn about and implement trauma informed practices in education.  These outcomes can promote success for students who have been exposed to trauma, and assist schools in meeting the requirements of the School Safety and Resiliency Act (KRS 158/SB1) that established a trauma informed team in each district and requires a plan for implementing trauma informed approaches in schools.  This learning collaborative is part of Kentucky Department of Education Project AWARE, funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency). 

Participating teams from schools or districts will attend three (3) face-to-face Learning Sessions, develop a plan for implementing a trauma informed practice in their school, and have an opportunity to participate in ongoing sharing and support through online Learning Calls and an online communication platform.  There is no charge for participation or training materials; travel, meals, lodging and other expenses are the responsibility of the participating districts. 

This Learning Collaborative will help participants:

  • Understand the types of trauma exposure school age youth experience
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of traumatic stress
  • Learn the effects of trauma on the developing brain
  • Appreciate the impact of trauma on cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral functioning
  • Learn and practice strategies to use in educational settings to build resilience and support self-regulation in students to enhance academic, social and behavioral functioning
  • Understand the impact of secondary trauma exposure on staff
  • Assess resources and needs and identify trauma informed practices to implement in your school/ district
  • Create a trauma informed team as required by the School Safety and Resiliency Act
  • Develop a plan to implement trauma informed approaches by July 1, 2021, as required by the School Safety and Resiliency Act

Considerations for participation:

  • Teams should be comprised of at least 2 and up to 5 school or district staff
  • Strong teams are interdisciplinary and ideally are multidisciplinary and include Teachers, School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Administrative Leaders and School Safety or Resource Officers
  • Teams should plan to meet regularly throughout the year
  • Schools should grant release time to all team members to attend face-to-face and online Learning Sessions
  • Teams should be sanctioned by the Senior Leadership of the school or district and supported in their efforts to implement trauma informed practices


Learning Session 1:  October 21- 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

                                 Caldwell County UK Extension Office, Princeton, KY

Learning Session 2:  November 19, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

                                 Caldwell County UK Extension Office, Princeton, KY

Learning Session 3:  March 5, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

                                 Lexington Center, Lexington, KY


Registration Deadline is October 11, 2019.  Please contact with any questions or concerns.