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Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education

The Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education (MITIE) was founded to develop, support, and advance the field of trauma-informed and trauma-engaged education. The Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education (MITIE) was launched in May 2021 as a joint partnership of the University of St. Thomas School of Education and Morrison Family College of Health. The Institute seeks to provide an arena for scholars, practitioners, and researchers to convene and learn about the latest practices in trauma-informed education. Learn more about what trauma looks like and how MITIE is addressing trauma in the field of education.

The Institute has 4 main goals:

  • Establish a sustainable model for trauma-informed and trauma-engaged education
  • Conduct trainings, workshops, webinars, conferences, and seminars to expand the knowledge basis of trauma-informed education
  • Create a pipeline of teachers, social workers, and professionals who are knowledgeable about trauma-informed and trauma-engaged education
  • Increase the number of schools that adopt trauma-informed approaches

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Eyenga Bokamba

Director, Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education
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Featured Course

Becoming Trauma-Informed: A Primer for Educators

St. Thomas offers a self-guided, online course to provide educators with the tools to identify and help students who face the impacts of trauma.

In this course, you will learn the basic understanding of psychological trauma and its impact in both K-12 and higher education and strategies for intervention. Learners will be able to recognize and respond to signs of traumatic stress and know where to find additional help when necessary. This course is offered at no cost thanks to our generous funders.

Learn More & Register for Becoming Trauma-Informed

Register for all Courses at MITIE

  • Becoming Trauma-Informed: A Primer for Educators
  • Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
  • Healthy Relationships for Student Well-Being
  • Restorative Justice in Education
  • Identifying and Responding to Trauma on Educators
  • Becoming Trauma-Informed: A Primer for Educators

    This self-guided, online course provides educators with the tools to identify and help students who face the impacts of trauma.

    In this introductory course, you will learn the basic understanding of psychological trauma and its impact in both K-12 and higher education and strategies for intervention. Learners will be able to recognize and respond to signs of traumatic stress and know where to find additional help when necessary.

    This course is offered at no cost thanks to our generous funders.

    Learn More and Register

    Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

    This course outlines guiding principles, research, and strategies for implementing a trauma-informed education framework at the school and systems level through a focus on school policies, practices, environment, and overall mindset shifts.

    This course is delivered in a self-paced, asynchronous format, there are no synchronous meetings or collaborative components.

    Learn More and Register

    Healthy Relationships for Student Well-Being

    This course will equip school staff and leaders with the knowledge and skills to build authentic, empathetic, and resilient relationships with students through a trauma-engaged education framework and emphasis on social emotional learning.
    Learn More and Register

    Restorative Justice in Education

    Learners will explore the biology of stress and the power of breath for self-care within a restorative framework as well as "The Circle" process. Modules will go into real-world examples of restorative justice practices and how they foster empathy, accountability, trust, and comfort.

    Learn More and Register

    Identifying and Responding to Trauma on Educators

    This course will outline ways traumatic stress and vicarious trauma can impact educators with a focus on the influences of social identity, teach participants how to identify warning signs and risks involved in navigating trauma in educational contexts, and offer strategies for practicing self and community care, promoting healing, and fostering educational cultures that provide ongoing and culturally-sustaining support for educators.
    Learn More and Register

    Becoming Trauma-Informed: A Primer for Educators

    This self-guided, online course provides educators with the tools to identify and help students who face the impacts of trauma.

    In this introductory course, you will learn the basic understanding of psychological trauma and its impact in both K-12 and higher education and strategies for intervention. Learners will be able to recognize and respond to signs of traumatic stress and know where to find additional help when necessary.

    This course is offered at no cost thanks to our generous funders.

    Learn More and Register

    Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

    This course outlines guiding principles, research, and strategies for implementing a trauma-informed education framework at the school and systems level through a focus on school policies, practices, environment, and overall mindset shifts.

    This course is delivered in a self-paced, asynchronous format, there are no synchronous meetings or collaborative components.

    Learn More and Register

    Healthy Relationships for Student Well-Being

    This course will equip school staff and leaders with the knowledge and skills to build authentic, empathetic, and resilient relationships with students through a trauma-engaged education framework and emphasis on social emotional learning.
    Learn More and Register

    Restorative Justice in Education

    Learners will explore the biology of stress and the power of breath for self-care within a restorative framework as well as "The Circle" process. Modules will go into real-world examples of restorative justice practices and how they foster empathy, accountability, trust, and comfort.

    Learn More and Register

    Identifying and Responding to Trauma on Educators

    This course will outline ways traumatic stress and vicarious trauma can impact educators with a focus on the influences of social identity, teach participants how to identify warning signs and risks involved in navigating trauma in educational contexts, and offer strategies for practicing self and community care, promoting healing, and fostering educational cultures that provide ongoing and culturally-sustaining support for educators.
    Learn More and Register
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    Graduate course

    Mental Health and Well-Being for Educators

    MITIE is proud to support unique offerings like the upcoming Mental Health and Well-Being for Educators course, which will be offered in Summer 2024 as part of the school's graduate-level curriculum for teachers, school-based personnel, administrators, and youth workers. Funding for this course is made possible by the generous support of MITIE.

    Course Schedule: June 12 – August 7, 2024 | Wednesdays, 4 – 8:30 p.m., Minneapolis campus

    Course Description: This 2-credit course examines individual teacher roles and responsibilities when it comes to addressing student health needs in an education setting.

    Current Graduate Students: Talk with your academic advisor about adding this to your Summer 2024 course load as an elective.

    New and Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Students: Fill out a non-degree application. Requirements include transcript(s), a resume, and the application.

    Receive 50% off tuition for this course in Summer 2024! Learn more by viewing the Mental Health and Well-Being for Educators flyer.

    Supporting the health and well-being of youth of color

    NEW: Grant Opportunity With Youthprise

    Culturally Grounded Wellness for Youth in the Twin Cities Region

    Application deadline: May 27, 2024


    MITIE is proud to announce we will partner with Twin Cities-based Youthprise on a new initiative to bolster non-clinical, culturally-centered, and community-based healing and wellness programs for youth of color. Together, our focus is on supporting community leaders in addressing the gaps in access and availability of programs that support the health and well-being of youth of color in the Twin Cities metro area.

    Eligibility: Youthprise will provide financial support of up to $75,000, prioritizing small organizations with annual budgets of $750,000 or less that are led by people of color and dedicated to serving youth of color. Additionally, selected organizations will benefit from capacity-building support through an 18-month model designed to facilitate feedback, foster the sharing of learnings, and harness collective expertise as part of a broader initiative aimed at understanding and enhancing nonclinical supports for the health and well-being of youth identifying as youth of color.

    Grant Priorities: In addition to prioritizing small organizations with annual budgets of $750,000 or less, led by people of color and dedicated to serving the youth of color in the Twin Cities metro area, this opportunity focuses on:

    • Racial Equity: The elimination of racial disparities and improving outcomes for everyone. It is the intentional and continual practice of changing policies, practices, systems, and structures by prioritizing measurable change in the lives of young people of color.
    • Mental Health/Wellness: Non-clinical, culturally centered, and community-based approaches that address gaps in availability, as well as work that increases access to mental health and well-being services for underserved communities statewide.

    MITIE will be part of the ongoing team that evaluates and facilitates the grant-funded work of the recipients.

    Learn more about eligibility and apply on the Youthprise website.

    Elevating Whole Person Health

    The Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education offers professional development opportunities to elevate whole person health, positive relationships and community empowerment. When you register for the Becoming Trauma-Informed: A Primer for Educators course, you can also elevate self-care and wellness. MITIE is partnering with JUUT Salon Spa to offer 20% off school year services. Once you have registered for the course, email MITIE@stthomas.edu to get the code for the school year discount. This discount will apply to each appointment until June 30, 2024.

    We appreciate everything you do for our community as an educator and hope this gift of 20% off service, valid throughout the school year, allows you to continuously fill your cup.

    Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education in the News

    University of St. Thomas MITIE Leadership

    Amy F. Smith

    Amy F. Smith, PhD

    Dean, School of Education

    MayKao Hang

    MayKao Hang, DPA

    Founding Dean, Morrison Family College of Health

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    Eyenga Bokamba

    Director, Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education (MITIE)

    MITIE Sponsors

    The launch, operation, and growth of MITIE is made possible through generous funding support from the Sauer Family Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, and Carlson Family Foundation.

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    Carlson Family Foundation