Development of Trauma-Informed Practices in US Classrooms and Refugee Camps in Greece

Name of the provider (company name or main contact name), or FIRE IN ID ? Vasiliki Kouskouna, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – vkouskouna@geol.uoa.gr

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Scope, rationale, context: general description. Precise here if this technology is currently use (eg. company name or contact info) Objective 1: Provide data-supported training regarding vulnerability of schoolchildren to threats that may arise in the refugee camp due to natural disasters and in self-protection measures, personal hygiene and health interventions. The training also works with groups in understanding and navigating the health care system. Objective 2: Explore and share evidence-based resources from the US National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning for teachers, paraprofessionals, clinicians, and volunteers who work with children traumatized by natural disasters, such as earthquakes, as well as interpersonal violence, war and refugee trauma in American and Greek schools and Greek refugee camps. Sustainability will be achieved by implementing a "train-the-trainer" model. This model can help to provide those working with traumatized or triggered youth with skills to support them across different contexts and content. For further details contact: Vassiliki Kouskouna, vkouskouna@geol.uoa.gr

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Phase I:
Identification of best practices in social and emotional learning that educators and volunteers could use in different environments and situations. U.S. Child Traumatic Stress Network distributed resources for teachers, primary care providers, clinicians, and parents for children traumatized by refugee trauma, natural disasters, and other severe stressors. GreeK team prepared the workshop on earthquake preparedness and self-protection measures and presented it to three elementary schools in Athens. The team shared curated resources around social and emotional learning and how best this might be used to support educators. Both short term trainings, as well as more systemic shifts in how this work could be sustained on a more long-term basis were explored.
Team members presented a workshop with 30 elementary school students in Boulder, CO, USA, on earthquake preparedness, including earthquake basics, self-protection measures before, during, and after the disaster, and post-earthquake trauma recovery, using emotional support strategies integrated into the lesson throughout. This same lesson will be presented by team members in Greece during Phase II and Phase III as a demonstration for formal and informal educational sites.
U.S. team presented the workshop “Fostering Positive Interactions” for 31 educators (representing 19 different schools, with total populations of around 8,500+ students) within Boulder, CO district, wishing to increase social and emotional learning, especially with students who have experienced trauma or are demonstrating stress behaviors. Prior, input and a needs assessment from those attending to help tailor the content, as well as an online resource guide made available on the district’s learning management system (Schoology) to house resources and additional content was collected.
The results were very positive. Along with filling the course and receiving very positive feedback from the evaluation, two different departments expressed the necessity to offer the training again.

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