AHS-P6-2. Moving beyond Trauma-Informed Approaches to Understanding Social Suffering In and Because of Schools


Alexia Brown1
Faculty Mentor: Iesha Jackson, Ph.D.2
1College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology
2College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

Social suffering impacts students’ who are from underprivileged backgrounds. The traumas associated with students who are experiencing struggles at home are very prevalent in society, but many educators aren’t prepared to understand and address these students’ issues. Due to this, it is commonplace that schools can potentially inflict additional traumas in their students’ educational experience. Further research and proper implementation of trauma-informed practices can best assist both students and instructors, as well as the institutions that create these environments on how to address social suffering in and because of schools.

This research was funded by UNLV’s TRIO McNair Scholars Institute, which is housed within UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach and funded under the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program by a grant (P217A170069) from the U.S. Department of Education. 


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


AHS: Poster Session 6
The Office of Undergraduate Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research


2 Replies to “AHS-P6-2. Moving beyond Trauma-Informed Approaches to Understanding Social Suffering In and Because of Schools”

  1. Hello Alexia,
    Wonderful poster and great presentation. The reason your poster caught my eye is because I feel like children and their school lives are so important . I agree that children need to feel important and welcomed in a school setting. I think that a child who experiences trauma can shape that person as a whole later on and if not treated with care or not having a safe place to express themselves, will cause them many different problems later on. I was someone who experienced a traumatic experience as a young girl and because I had the resources and a safe place to express myself, I was able to use that experience and grow from it. Many children who feel like they cannot express themselves, feel the need to act out. I think you have some great points with solutions and hope more people can spread your message!

  2. Alexia,

    Great poster and interesting topic! As an implication, I would be interested in how this contributes to the school to prison pipeline. Your research could go in so many important and interesting directions!

    Carrie Underwood

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