Trauma Training: Impacting Preservice Early Childhood Educators' Attitudes and Knowledge

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. define the ARC model of trauma-informed care as it relates to early childhood-aged students.
  2. recognize the benefits of trauma training for preservice early childhood educators’ attitudes and knowledge about trauma-informed care.
  3. defend the implementation of trauma-informed care training for newly hired early childhood educators within their districts.
  4. convince state legislators of the importance of mandated trauma-informed care training within early childhood education training programs.


Approximately 70% of children experience three or more adverse childhood experiences by age six, which can be associated with negative impacts on their learning and development (Clarkson Freeman, 2014). This study aims to analyze the impact of trauma-informed care (TIC) training on preservice early childhood (EC) educators’ attitudes and knowledge of TIC. This research will support school psychologists’ involvement in providing such training and advocating for TIC training within EC educator training programs.



Sierra L. Caine, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Jocelyn H. Newton, PhD, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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