On Friday, September 30, 2019, the Learning Center (TLC) collaborated with Health Services to host its first-ever ongoing training centered on developing trauma-sensitive academic support services. Led by personal counselor Perry Chen, over 50 student employees and TLC staff members joined to learn about and understand the effects of trauma. Chen’s workshop material covered the basics of trauma, examples of what to do when working with students who have experienced trauma, and how to navigate conversations about trauma. In addition, TLC staff learned more about how to connect students to mental health and other resources both on and in the local community.
The idea of incorporating trauma informed practices into current services came as a direct result of Learning Commons staff participation in Skyline College’s Equity Training Series (ETS) in Spring 2019. During ETS, staff participants from the Learning Commons resolved to evolve our programs and practices with a trauma-sensitive lens. The Learning Center provides authentic employment experience and professional development opportunities for our numerous student employees and staff. We look forward to additional collaborations with Health Services and future partnerships with other campus entities!
Article by Josh Lindo | Photo by Chelssee De Barra