Journal article

Trauma-Informed Positive Education: Using Positive Psychology to Strengthen Vulnerable Students

Tom Brunzell, Helen Stokes, Lea Waters

Contemporary School Psychology | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2016

Abstract

This paper explores the role of a positive education paradigm in mainstream and specialist classrooms for students who have experienced complex trauma resulting from abuse, neglect, violence, or being witness to violence. Existing trauma-informed education focuses on repairing regulatory abilities and repairing disrupted attachment in students. However, a dual-continua model of mental health suggests that repairing deficits is only part of the education response needed to nurture well-being in trauma-affected students. Trauma informed education can be conceived from both a deficit perspective (e.g., what deficiencies or developmental struggles does this student face?) and a strengths perspec..

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