Frequently Asked Questions
We are always available to answer questions, but below are some we hear often.
How long do we partner?
Typical partnerships with agencies/schools last 2-3 years. Often the timeframe of partnerships is based on funding sources and guidelines. Implementation of the Trauma Smart Approach occurs in the first year, supporting the agency/school to sustain in the following years. In Sustaining years (after year 1), most agencies/schools continue to partner for consultation services.
Is travel included in the cost?
The cost of Trauma Smart travel to out of area sites or for agency/school staff attendance at Academies in Kansas City, MO is not included in the proposed services.
When should we reach out?
At least one year in advance of a partnership is the ideal timeframe to reach out and begin discussions. However, feel free to reach out as soon as your agency/school is interested in learning more.
How much does this cost?
The cost of Trauma Smart services varies among agencies/schools due to the size of the agency, the number of staff being trained, requested consultation time, staff trained at Academies, materials, Trauma Smart travel required, etc. To receive an individualized proposed cost plan this information will need to be collected.
What if we already have a Social-Emotional Curriculum (SEC)?
As a prevention program, Trauma Smart will not replace your current Social Emotional Curriculum. Instead, Trauma Smart will bring the “why” to the use of your SEC. Trauma Smart will support your SEC with increasing staff awareness of its importance within the agency/school.
Who attends staff training?
Trauma Smart is designed for caregivers in the education environment. We recognize that all staff (teachers, paraprofessionals, substitutes, volunteers, educational specialists, nutritional services, custodians, bus drivers, counselors, specialists, administration, etc.) in these environments are caregivers who support children and families. All staff are encouraged to attend the Trauma Smart staff trainings.