Dr. Diana Ramos, the California surgeon general, is flanked by Jeanette Rodriguez-Chien (left), superintendent of the Sonoma Valley USD, and Yessi Sanchez, a bilingual community liaison at Altimira Middle School, during Ramos’ visit to the school to promote a new teacher training program on children’s trauma and stress. (Courtesy of Sonoma Valley USD)
New resources added to Surgeon General’s trauma-informed training
March 25, 2024
Safe Spaces: Foundations of Trauma-Informed Practice for Educational and Care Settings is a training from the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) designed to help educators, school personnel and childcare providers respond to trauma and stress in children.
The training was made possible with funding from the California Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative and was developed in collaboration with experts in education, youth mental health and Adverse Childhood Experiences research.
Following its Summer 2023 launch, more than 5,000 educators, early care providers and classified staff have taken the training and received a certificate of completion from the California Surgeon General, Dr. Diana Ramos. Ramos also recently met with students and staff at schools including Altamira Middle School and Sonoma Valley High School in Sonoma, Bend Elementary in Tehama, and Ramona Opportunity School in Los Angeles to promote the training and observe strategies from the training in action. See highlights of these visits at https://osg.ca.gov/news.
This month, CA-OSG unveiled new resources, made with support from the Sacramento County Office of Education, to support schools and districts on their Safe Spaces journey. They include a PowerPoint deck and facilitation guides for Communities of Practice to further discuss and explore the content of the training.
For schools and districts in the midst of site planning, consider Safe Spaces as you consider professional development options for the 2024-25 school year.
Learn more and take the training at https://osg.ca.gov/safespaces.