Intentional Interdisciplinary Trauma-Informed Initiatives: Frameworks, Techniques, and Experiences

November 6, 2023

As mental health continues to be a topic for educators, students, and campus communities, the need for sharing creative interdisciplinary solutions is rapidly increasing. This presentation includes an overview of an interdisciplinary framework to increase the use of Trauma Informed practices in course design, faculty interactions, and creative activities to teach students, faculty, and staff about trauma’s impacts on the learning process. Techniques such as classroom simulations, guest presentation designs, and campus-wide assessment tools help cultivate collaboration surrounding emotional literacy and trauma-informed higher education. By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify core components of Trauma Informed Higher Education;
  2. Begin steps in identifying logistic designs for implementation on diverse campuses;
  3. Describe examples of trauma-informed practices and curriculum designs.  

Jenica Joseph, Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Andrews University (MI)
Curtis Vanderwaal, Chair and Professor of Social Work, Andrews University (MI)
Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Andrews University (MI)
Chair/Presenter: Dustin Young, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Director of Higher Education Initiatives, The International Center for Trauma Education and Care, Andrews University (MI)