Creating Trauma Sensitive AZ Schools Work Group

Purpose: To network, gather resources, information and knowledge, spread awareness of the impact of trauma, and increase support to ensure that children traumatized by ACEs succeed in school.

Meetings/Location: 1st Wed. of each month 4:00- 5:30. Virtually. Register here:

Committee Chairs:
Rebecca Leimkuehler
Director of Social Emotional Learning, Cartwright School District

Laura Wiggins, MA, LMSW
Regional Director of Clinical Services, The Menta Group Special Education Services

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Work Group Notes

The purpose of the ACEs Trauma Informed Community of Education Practitioners is to develop a community of Trauma Informed professionals and implement a robust system of resources that supports the needs of a variety of practitioners. Our goal is to help all school-based professionals and those who partner with schools to understand the physiological impact of trauma on the developing learner, recognize the potential paths for healing and what schools can do to support children, and advocate for the adoption of trauma informed school based practices throughout the state.. In this community we believe learning and doing are essential to impact our children, our educators, and our communities.   Our group focuses on the following:

  • Awareness
  • Approaches
  • Tools and Strategies
  • Events, Professional development opportunities, etc
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