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Trauma-Informed Pedagogies

A Guide for Responding to Crisis and Inequality in Higher Education

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  • Offers the first evidence-based guide to trauma-informed teaching and learning in higher education
  • Includes a trauma-informed teaching "toolbox" with field-tested tools for teachers
  • Features a collection of resources that amplifies diverse voices across sectors and disciplines

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This book centers equity in the approach to trauma-informed practice and provides the first evidence-based guide to trauma-informed teaching and learning in higher education. The book is divided into four main parts. Part I grounds the collection in an equity approach to trauma-informed care and illustrates one or more trauma-informed principles in practice. Chapters in Part II describe trauma-informed approaches to teaching in specific disciplines. In Part III, chapters demonstrate trauma-informed approaches to teaching specific populations. Part IV focuses on instruments and strategies for assessment at the institutional, organizational, departmental, class, and employee levels. The book also includes a substantial appendix with more than a dozen evidence-based and field-tested tools to support college educators on their trauma-informed teaching journey. 

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Infusing Trauma-Informed Principles

  2. Trauma-Informed Teaching Across the Curriculum

  3. Approaches to Working with Specific Populations

  4. (Re)Assessment

Editors and Affiliations

  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, USA

    Phyllis Thompson

  • Department of Social Work, Edinboro University, Edinboro, USA

    Janice Carello

About the editors

Phyllis Thompson is Associate Professor and Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at East Tennessee State University, USA. Thompson co-edited Lessons from the Pandemic: Trauma-Informed Approaches to College, Crisis, Change and publishes on women’s medicinal recipe books.

Janice Carello is Assistant Professor and MSW Program Director at Edinboro University, USA. She co-edited Lessons from the Pandemic and Trauma and Human Rights and publishes trauma-informed teaching and learning resources on her blog:

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Trauma-Informed Pedagogies

  • Book Subtitle: A Guide for Responding to Crisis and Inequality in Higher Education

  • Editors: Phyllis Thompson, Janice Carello

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-92704-2Published: 06 August 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-92705-9Published: 05 August 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXV, 265

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Higher Education, Pedagogic Psychology, Education, general, Clinical Psychology

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