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Hello there. You are most likely visiting this page after attending the Fall 2021 Faculty Inservice breakout with Krisi Hagen and myself, Nic Ashman. Welcome. How are you? Well, I hope. A quick note - this guide is meant to be dynamic. I will be making periodic updates based on recommendations from both your faculty peers, as well as the experts in the areas this guide covers. What does that mean to you? Check back regularly for those updates. Now, let's dive in.
What is Trauma? Per SAMSA:
"an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being." Further, "Trauma has no boundaries with regard to age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Trauma is a common experience for adults and children in American communities, and it is especially common in the lives of people with mental and substance use disorders. For this reason, the need to address trauma is increasingly seen as an important part of effective behavioral health care and an integral part of the healing and recovery process."
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, retrieved August 2021.
Here are some quick statistics involving our current and incoming college students, with original links (from the source text) left intact for you to follow for more information:
- Data is from National Alliance on Mental Illness's "Mental Health By the Numbers" webpage, collected August 2021
Add in a pandemic and you end up with even more complexity in the numbers:
- Data from Active Mind's "COVID-19 Impact on College Student Mental Health" PDF, retrieved August 2021
These statistics are just a small glimpse at a much larger issue. So how does Trauma integrate into the conversation? And what does it mean in our classrooms? This guide was created to help you understand that. Use that tabs at the top of the page to navigate to the next section.