Implementing Trauma-Informed Multitiered Systems of Support: Our Role

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. explain how trauma impacts a child’s functioning in school.
  2. describe how the NCTSN guidelines for TI-MTSS fits into a school psychologist’s role according to the NASP Practice Model.
  3. promote TI-MTSS and advocate for a leading role in its implementation within their schools.


The purpose of this presentation is to use research to connect the training and expertise of school psychologists to a rationale that we are ideally positioned to lead the efforts of trauma-informed multitiered systems of support (TI-MTSS) in schools. Framed in the 10 Core Area guidelines by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, we operationalize the school psychologist’s role and skills within each domain. Practitioners will gain information to support their implementation of TI-MTSS.



Malena A. Nygaard, Indiana University
Heather E. Ormiston, Indiana University
Olivia C. Heck, Indiana University


Letter to Supervisor

Looking for a concise way to pitch the convention to your employer? This letter and the corresponding talking points are here to help!