ERIC Number: ED456678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Tips for Teachers during Times of Trauma.
Adkins, Myrna Ann; Harper, Eric
This guide for teachers in times of trauma was updated after the events of September 11, 2001--the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. These traumatic events could cause refugees to experience trauma or become re-traumatized. For many refugees, their English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) programs are the places where they will find their primary, in-depth contact with Americans with whom they can feel safe and where they can ask questions. Teachers and administrators are grappling with how to best assist refugees, especially those from countries where war, trauma, and uncertainty are a way of life. This paper provides some tips for working with refugees in the classroom and for paying attention to the needs of teachers and others in programs and agencies who serve them. Some brief information on the experience of "crisis" is also included. Major headings in the paper include the following: "The Balance: Providing Information and Class as Usual"; "Debriefing with Teachers and Other Staff"; "Caring for Oneself"; "What is a Crisis." Also included is a list of 16 Office of Refugee Resettlement-supported treatment centers for torture victims around the United States. (KFT) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Crisis Intervention, Crisis Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Language Minorities, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Refugees
For full text: http://www.springinstitute.com/pdf/TraumaTips.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Spring Inst. for International Studies, Denver, CO.