Course Description

In this course, you will explore strategies for creating a safe and nurturing environment in the classroom for both students and teachers. We will begin by exploring a culture of safety, systems of meaning, and needs versus behaviors. Then we will move into the three Rs: relationships, responsibility, and regulation. The course text, Relationships, Responsibility, and Regulation by Souers and Hall, and supplemental readings and resources will support you as you build a plan for creating a culture of safety in your own classroom.  You will leave this class with an action plan and manageable steps toward building a classroom culture where you and your students feel safe and welcome.

Grade levels: All

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will:
  • Understand trauma’s effect on a student’s brain, behavior, and readiness to learn.
  • Develop empathy and explore strategies for supporting students and developing healthy relationships with the trauma-affected student.


This course is designed as a stand-alone course or a follow up to “Trauma Informed Teaching”.


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Section Title
Trauma Informed Teaching: Building a Classroom Culture of Safety
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $690.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook
Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners by Kristin Van Marter Souers, Pete Hall ISBN 978-1-4166-2685-5
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

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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