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Trauma – informed school

Tadeja Palčič (2019) Trauma – informed school. MSc thesis.

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    The master's degree deals with a trauma-informed school approach. Trauma is a big problem for society, since a large portion of the population deals with at least one adverse traumatic experience. Due to many negative consequences that trauma can leave on an individual, the importance of trauma-informed approach is emphasised abroad. Schools should implement this approach into their system in order to help students recover from trauma and to prevent retraumatization. In theoretical part we defined the concept of trauma, types of trauma and we described the phases of confrontation with a traumatic event. We presented some of the most frequent respones of children to traumatic events through different age periods and added some possible ways of help. Then follows the presentation of a trauma-informed approach and a comparison of this approach to a tradicional trauma approach. We presented the importance of this approach in school and how it can be integrated into a school system. At the end we defined a secondary trauma and its effects on an individual. The empirical part of the research is based on the qualitative approach. We studied the knowledge of trauma among staff at school, the extent of their knowledge about symptoms of trauma and their recognition of these symptoms. We were interested in how school reacts in a case of a trauma. Besides, we were determining whether they are familiar with trauma-informed approach. We were also interested in how interviewees react in a case of secondary trauma. The research finds that interviewees are generally familiar with the concept of trauma. The majority of interviewees say that they recognize traumatized student based on a change in their behavior but due to their lack of knowledge they have difficulties finding a suitable way to help that student. Even though the majority of interviewees find it difficult to work with traumatized students, the opinions about the necessity of a trauma-informed approach are varied. Despite this, some of the interviewees expressed interest in additional education about trauma and work with traumatized individuals.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: trauma, traumatic event, retraumatization, trauma-informed approach, secondary trauma
    Number of Pages: 85
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    prof. dr. Bojan DeklevaMentor
    doc. dr. Mija Marija Klemenčič RozmanComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12466249
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5768
    Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 14:09
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 14:09
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5768

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