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HCPS’ Journey to Becoming Trauma-Informed

In alignment with Destination 2025, it is imperative that all Henrico County Public Schools foster an inclusive environment that honors all individuals, while also fostering emotional safety and wellness for each of our students.

Below are some of the highlights from our journey to becoming a more trauma-informed school district:

  • Establishing a District Trauma Advisory Committee comprised of team members that are representative of multiple disciplines and departments, to include mental health professionals and community partners. This committee convenes on a bi-monthly basis to continuously evaluate data, reflect on progress, and guide district trauma-informed initiatives.
  • Beginning in 2020, each school completed the Trauma Responsive Schools Implementation Assessment (TRS-IA). To learn more about this evidence-informed assessment, click here.
  • Based on TRS-IA results, each school was provided with targeted books and resources to assist on their journey to becoming more trauma-responsive.
  • All school staff received the “Safe Schools” trauma module, Trauma-Informed 101 as part of their yearly training
  • Identified school-based mental health staff have completed the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Intensive Training and have recently participated in multi-day trainings focusing on ADHD in the Schools: Nature, Assessment, and Management by Dr. Russell A. Barkley, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Youth Anxiety in Schools by the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
  • Established a collaborative partnership with Greater Richmond SCAN. Greater Richmond SCAN leads and convenes the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network (GRTICN) of Virginia on a regular basis to implement trauma-informed practices throughout the Greater Richmond area.