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New Cheyney Certificate Program Trains Educators in Dealing with Traumatized Students

June 22, 2017

Cheyney University @ Center City has a new program for educators. The Trauma Informed Education Studies (TIES) Certificate Program will train educators to effectively address students experiencing trauma. The unique, hybrid program consists of online learning communities and in-class instruction that will be held at Cheyney’s Center City Philadelphia campus. The first two of five program courses begin July 5 during the university’s Summer II session which runs through August 8.

“Cheyney University is greatly vested in exploring the impact of trauma on education, and we’re proud to provide needed information and resources through the introduction of the TIES post-baccalaureate program," says Dr. Tara E. Kent, Associate Provost. "Trauma-informed education is a topic of national concern, and the subject is of particular relevance to Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically Black university. There are most certainly dimensions of trauma which have specific impact on the population that we serve at Cheyney University, and in many ways, we seek to specialize in providing the resources necessary for our students and members of their communities to be successful.”

The TIES program, the first of its kind for a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), focuses on training front-line educators with effective strategies for identifying and addressing students living with trauma. The program was designed to address the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, Emory University, and Kaiser Permanente. Results from the study show that students suffering from adverse or traumatic childhood experiences, such as abuse, poverty, or other related risk factors, often go unnoticed by the education system and result in poor academic performance, suspension, delinquency, school drop-outs, and often, the perpetuation of trauma.

The TIES program also aims to fill the void found in many educational preparation programs, which have not taken into account how to instruct educators on proper detection and handling of the range of learning challenges and possible long-term consequences facing students suffering from adverse or traumatic experiences.

According to Dr. Kent, “Traumatic experiences may have a profound effect on the physical health, mental health, and the development of students impacted, which can seriously interrupt the school routine and the processes of teaching and learning. Cheyney University has a history of addressing the educational needs in the greater Philadelphia region, and we anticipate that this program will contribute to improved learning experiences for educators and students alike.”