Strengthen your teaching practice with the tools you need to create a trauma-informed, healing-centered educational experience for you and your students.


A complete TIL curriculum


Created by educators, for educators


Developed in classrooms over 10 years


Based on SAMHSA Trauma-Informed Approach

Why Trauma-Informed Care?

Hear from the Trauma-Informed Toolkit team on why trauma-informed care is a crucial tool for all educators.

The Trauma-Informed Toolkit for Educators is designed to provide educators with a deeper understanding of trauma and its effects on childhood development, while offering a set of tools to help create supportive, healing centered, trauma-informed environments where students can grow.

Made for Educators, Staff and Volunteers at:

Education Environments

Public Schools, Private Schools, Charter Schools, Homeschooling, Tutoring Centers, Museums, Libraries

Community Centers

Summer camps, Recreation Sites, After-School Programs, Youth Theaters, Multidisciplinary Art Centers

Transitional Housing Facilities

Homeless Shelters, Family Shelters, Domestic Violence Shelters, Women and Children Shelters

Childcare Programs

Early Childhood Development Centers, Daycare Centers, Toddler Centers, Infant Centers, Babysitters

Child Welfare

Social Workers,
Case Planners,
Adoption Services,
Foster Care Providers,
Youth Service Providers

Every child benefits from a trauma-informed practice, regardless of a child’s personal experience with trauma.

Pulling from the rich history of New York City Children’s Theater’s work in schools and theaters throughout New York, we compiled a strong team of trauma-informed experts and educators including therapists, child psychologists, drama therapists, social workers and seasoned teaching artists to pool their knowledge and combine it into a series of 9 training modules that break down the key elements of a trauma-informed approach.

In each training module, you will engage with the knowledge and practices that New York City Children’s Theater uses to train their own staff of Teaching Artists when teaching young people through a trauma-informed lens.

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Course Modules

The Trauma-Informed Tool Kit for Educators modules features 9 key topics and explore the 6 key elements of a trauma-informed approach as outlined by SAMHSA, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


The Science Behind Trauma




Trust and Transparency


Empowerment, Voice, Choice


Collaboration and Mutuality


Identity and Validation


Peer Support


Secondary and Vicarious Trauma




Self-Paced Curriculum

Choose which modules you go through and do them each at your own pace, on your schedule. There are no time limits and you will have lifetime access to the material.

Quizzes, Notes and Workbooks

The accompanying materials to the course are designed to help you learn and implement the concepts of trauma-informed learning into your practice right away.

Completion Certificates

Share your commitment to helping children through Trauma-Informed Learning, with a certificate that you can proudly share with your colleagues and professional networks.

An Introduction to The Course

Meet our instructors and learn more about the course from the folks behind the Trauma-Informed Toolkit for Educators.

Hosted by Sara Morgulis, NYC Children’s Theater Education Director.

What Educators Are Saying

“I felt this training provided a ton of incredibly useful context, and appreciated the thoroughness of that context.”

– NYCCT Teaching Artist

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Strengthen your teaching practice with the tools to create a trauma-informed, healing centered educational experience for you and your students.


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