EDUC 5053 WI02 Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Topics in Education: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

This course is designed to allow students to engage individually in research or other projects that are of special interest to the student and acceptable to a supervising instructor. While course requirements may vary according to the project selected, the course normally requires that students demonstrate their understanding of the field through a written report and a written or oral examination. If using the course to meet concentration requirements, the focus of the study must be in the concentration area.

In this course, students will gain an understanding of trauma in its contemporary sense (through a lens of social justice and equity), and how trauma-informed practice is implemented in inclusive school settings. This will include exploration into childhood adversity, acute and chronic trauma, historical and intergenerational trauma, and re-traumatization. Various aspects of trauma-informed practice will be addressed such as the impact of trauma on the brain and learning, prevalence, role clarity for educators, behaviour through a trauma lens, strengths-based practice, teaching strategies, vicarious trauma, and advocacy. Students will also develop an understanding of how trauma-informed pedagogy connects and relates to other philosophies and practices such as culturally responsive pedagogy, anti-racism, restorative practice, and social-emotional learning. This course will provide a foundation for understanding the importance of a trauma-informed lens and its practical application in an equitable and inclusive classroom.

Instructor: Professor Laura Leslie

Schedule: Winter 2023 - Fridays 6:00 - 9:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am - 4:00pm

Dates:  Jan 13-14;  Jan 27-28;  Feb 17-18;  Mar 24-25

Location:  MSVU - McCain 401


Note: Master of Education Counselling students are not eligible to take this as a credit course for their Acadia degree.