Helping schools implement trauma-informed education the right way, right away.

Trauma-informed care requires more than a one-hour professional development seminar for teachers about having more grace.

The last thing you really want right now is another program or initiative that is here today and gone tomorrow, am I right?

For many, trauma-informed care has become synonymous with professional development seminars that do not move the needle, frustrated teachers who are tired of hearing about grace, and fluffy feel-good sentiments that do not help practically.  

The Doering Institute has a solution: a value-laden implementation plan that shifts mindsets, improves processes, and will make a lasting impact for trauma-impacted students and staff. We believe in a no-BS, no-fluff, value-only model of professional development, where we balance theory with practical help for educators. 

TDI's six-step implementation plan framework guides a culture shift that boosts:
(1) staff retention, confidence, and trust in leadership (reducing turnover and burnout)

(2) staff understanding of trauma-informed education best practices, with a focus on practical help and strategies that teachers are part of developing and in charge of implementing

(3) positive school culture, starting with staff relationships (e.g. trust, transparency, respect) and impacting every person part of your community (e.g. staff, parents, leadership, etc.)

Check out our implementation plan training and services:

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Trauma-informed care in schools is a culture shift that encourages both grace and high expectations for students who have experienced difficult things, informed by an understanding of how trauma impacts student brains and behavior.

There is a common misconception about trauma-informed care that goes like this: trauma-informed care is just about releasing students from consequences from their behaviors. This is likely because there are several prominent groups that believe that this is the best path forward for trauma-impacted students.  However, there is no data to support that the complete removal of consequences will lead to better outcomes for these students. In fact, high behavioral and academic expectations are beneficial for students who have been through hard things.

At The Doering Institute, our model of trauma-informed care gives grace for mistakes and maintains high expectations for students.   (And we are careful to talk about the differences between high expectations and unrealistic expectations.) 

The Doering Institute provides a comprehensive program to help infuse trauma-informed care into your school culture. This is not a one-hour training session--it is a commitment to a shift in mindset and culture within your school to care for the most vulnerable students and encourage positive mental health, social emotional wellness, and compassion for others.   For schools that are committed to an investment in the future of students who have experienced trauma, TDI provides service packages that will assist you at every phase.

While services can be purchased individually (e.g. training for administrators, staff training, or our culture assessment), the best value is in our comprehensive care package that gives us the privilege of working with you throughout the process, start to finish.  Our comprehensive package includes help at every step of the six-step process, including:  

Survey of school staff, with anonymized results and a comprehensive report for school leaders and the implementation team, including suggestions for how to address pain points and a practical plan for school leaders based on the results

Self-paced, online training for school leadership, teachers, and staff with printable certificates of completion

"Ask an expert" Q&A panel with TDI staff following the training sessions for school staff  

Resources for the collaboration phase and hands-on facilitation available if needed

Follow-up surveys and reports to determine growth and areas for improvement

The total cost of the TDI implementation program (start to finish implementation with The Doering Institute) varies, but the comprehensive package is valued at over $60,000 per school if purchased individually. We offer significant discounts for schools purchasing the entire package because we believe that the process works best when the six-step plan is implemented in its entirety. There are discounts available for school districts that desire to implement the program in more than one school.  

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What started almost a decade ago as a personal quest to learn how to love "those" students better has turned into a compassionate care institute designed to give you actionable training in trauma-informed practices and resources for making the world a more compassionate place.

-Dr. Jessica Doering
Founder and President
The Doering Institute

Want a taste of what TDI has to offer?

If you are still hesitant about moving forward, we understand! This is a big commitment and you want to make sure you are working with the right program. Check out our intro workbook below to get a taste of how TDI approaches trauma-informed education.

What you'll get in the workbook: 

  •   A discussion on the types of traumas your students may experience  
  • An invisible backpack activity that helps you understand the ways that trauma might impact your students at school  
  • Case studies to help you process grace and high expectations  
  • An invisible briefcase activity that helps you to understand how your own background impacts your trauma-informed practice  
  • FAQs on trauma-informed education and some resources to help you implement trauma-informed care in your school! 
  • A group implementation guide for if you purchase the appropriate number of licenses (one per group member). You can also purchase the group license for large groups!