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Impact of the exposure of traum-informed care on teachers

School teachers are the most important professionals in which students come in contact with on a daily basis. It is important for teachers to know that 25% of children have experienced some type of traumatic event such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, witnessing drug abuse or violence in the household (Crosby, Day, Baroni, Somers, 2015). This study is a quantitative exploratory descriptive research study that utilized electronic survey method to collect data. The specific research questions that guided this study are: (a) What are teachers' experiences with trauma-related classroom student behaviors? (b) What is teacher's knowledge about Trauma-Informed Care? From the responses to the questions, it was determined teachers spend an average of 6-8 hours a day in the classroom observing and managing trauma behaviors; yet, they have limited knowledge on trauma and Trauma-Informed Care. Teachers are willing to be trained on Trauma-Informed Care and recognize their knowledge can be impactful to students whom have been exposed to trauma. This knowledge can change the trajectory for many children allowing for a better outcome by preventing re-traumatization, mislabeling and reduced school suspensions.

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