School Mental Health

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 144–162

Toward a Blueprint for Trauma-Informed Service Delivery in Schools

  • Sandra M. Chafouleas
  • Austin H. Johnson
  • Stacy Overstreet
  • Natascha M. Santos
Original Paper


Recognition of the benefits to trauma-informed approaches is expanding, along with commensurate interest in extending delivery within school systems. Although information about trauma-informed approaches has quickly burgeoned, systematic attention to integration within multitiered service delivery frameworks has not occurred yet is essential to accurate, durable, and scalable implementation. In addition, there is a critical need to concurrently build a strong evidence base regarding trauma-informed service delivery in schools. In this paper, the literatures on trauma-informed approaches and multitiered frameworks for school-based service delivery are connected with the goal to provide suggestions toward building blueprints for trauma-informed service delivery in schools. Drawing from the literature on implementation blueprints for school-wide positive behavior supports, sections are organized around current knowledge about trauma-informed approaches with regard to blueprints for (a) implementation, (b) professional development, and (c) evaluation. Critical issues, strategy recommendations, and directions for research are discussed.


Trauma-informed Response to intervention Chronic stress Multitiered frameworks 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra M. Chafouleas
    • 1
  • Austin H. Johnson
    • 2
  • Stacy Overstreet
    • 3
  • Natascha M. Santos
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  3. 3.Tulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  4. 4.New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human DevelopmentNew YorkUSA

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