What is trauma?
Trauma is the body’s protective response to an incident or series of events that are emotionally disturbing or life-threatening to an individual. Although there are some incidents or events that are more likely to result in trauma (i.e. accident, sexual assault, natural disaster), any incident or series of events can be a traumatic event.
How common is trauma?
Trauma is a lot more common than we think. Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). About 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported that they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs.
What are the effects of trauma?
Trauma can result in lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.
How does trauma affect learning?
How can I be more trauma-informed in my classroom?
Being trauma-informed means that you are approaching your classroom with an understanding that many in your class have experienced trauma in their lives. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself and your students ahead of time:
What do I do if a student directly discloses to me that they experienced a traumatic event?
What do I do if someone reaches out to me and tell me that they experienced/are experiencing gender- and power-based harm?
Location: USC Student Health Center, 1031 W 34th Street Room 356
Phone: 213 740 9355 (WELL) - this is Student Health’s phone number. Call to be transferred to RSVP office
Email: email@example.com (do NOT refer students to this email address. This email is for questions or presentation requests only)
What does RSVP provide?
Who can seek confidential services at RSVP?
Any USC student who experienced gender- and power-based harm can seek confidential counseling and advocacy at RSVP. Some examples are
If a student is not sure of how to categorize or describe their experiences, they can still reach out to our office. We will support them or connect them to the right campus resources. Students can receive confidential services by making an appointment by calling Student Health (213 740- 9355) or scheduling an appointment on MySHR (usc.edu/myshr)
Who provides what types of confidential services?