Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Terri Erbacher, PhD

Second Advisor

George McCloskey, PhD

Third Advisor

Caitlin Gilmartin, PsyD


Children who have experienced trauma(s) may display a wide variety of symptoms, including withdrawal, behavioral challenges, difficulty with focus, learning disabilities, and social/emotional delays (Cole et al., 2005). Each of these challenges can present a barrier to learning. Therefore, in order to provide the highest quality support in the school setting, teachers and other school staff need to be educated and trained on the topic of trauma. Further, they need strategies and tools regarding how to best work with all of their students, including those who have, or may have, experienced trauma. The current study examined the available research, as well as a pilot program, in order to develop the Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools (TIPS) program manual for educators. Outcomes of the study included a program manual and supplemental materials needed to implement the program. Initial comments from reviewers, future directives, and limitations are also discussed.

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