Course Description

Fully half the students in U.S. schools have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. This course describes the effects of trauma on body and mind, and how to recognize them in students' behavior.  It introduces the trauma-sensitive practices implemented in schools, and connects the relationship between mindfulness, compassion, and resilience.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door
Start Now, you have 365 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Jennings, Patricia A. (2021). Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: building resilience with compassionate teaching. W W Norton.

Gross, K. (2020). Trauma doesn't stop at the school door: strategies and solutions for educators, Pre-K-college. Teachers College Press.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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