Using Blackfeet Cultural Values to Create a Trauma-Informed School Setting

Project Term: 18 months; Ended 2017
Grant Amount: $15,000

The goal of this project was to create a trauma-informed school program by training staff in trauma-informed approaches to school discipline using Blackfeet cultural values. The Browning Alternative School developed trauma-informed teams and implemented culturally-adapted critical incident stress management training so that the community could respond sustainably to crisis situations. Teams were equipped to quickly respond to crises and provide support for trauma and grief. The project also implemented restorative justice practices into the school system to elevate student voices and developed training units for cultural and historical trauma with accompanying resiliency strategies and resources. The trauma-informed program began in the Browning Alternative School and then extended to the entire school district.

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