Social Justice and Interprofessional Collaboration as Tools of Trauma-Informed Care

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify what individual and systemic traumatic exposure can look like at school and elsewhere for vulnerable groups, including undocumented students, LGBTQ+ students, Black students, and students with disabilities.
  2. apply practical strategies for collaboration between mental health professionals via MTSS frameworks and consider future implications for collaboration.
  3. assess the need for trauma-focused Tier 1 strategies and programs meant to build resilience and foster networks of relationships and support for students.
  4. describe research literature related to trauma beyond the scope of the ACES study.


The integration of trauma-informed care within MTSS frameworks is promoted as a means for addressing the widespread impacts of trauma and for recognizing trauma’s impact on students from marginalized groups. We assert that social justice oriented trauma-informed service delivery requires greater acknowledgement of trauma as individual and systemic. Collaboration opportunities among school mental health professionals are identified at the prevention-oriented, Tier 1 level to build resilience and foster networks of relationships and support for students.



Carrie E. Lorig, Georgia State University
Aleksandra Krupina, Georgia State University
Kris Varjas, Georgia State University


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