Cultural Competency Resources
Impact of Trauma
Call to Mind: Spotlight on Childhood Trauma
According to the website, Call to Mind is an initiative by MPR to inform and generate conversations about mental health. This podcast explores the impact of childhood trauma on mental health and suggests ways to build resilience in children. The impact of childhood trauma on adults is applicable to ABE practitioners.
How Trauma Impacts the Brains of Adult Learners
As the author explains, "As designers and facilitators of learning in higher education, in the workplace, or in change efforts with social service consumers, it can be critical to our practice to understand the broad impact of trauma on the brain and its wide reach across the diverse array of adult learners we serve. First, we must understand the impact of trauma on the brain."
Refugee and International Health – MN DHS
This MN Department of Health website contains descriptions of trainings on refugee resettlement offered by the MN DHS, as well as links to informational resources on refugee resettlement in Minnesota and the U.S.
Teaching ABE Students About Mental Health
This virtual workshop is provided by PANDA - Minnesota ABE Disability Specialists. Workshop participants will reflect on questions regarding teaching ABE students of all levels about mental health and common mental health concerns. Participants will also review "What is Mental Health?" and "Common Mental Health Concerns" lesson plans and resources to consider uses within their own contexts.
Understanding Refugee Trauma: For School Personnel
Trauma can affect a refugee child on an individual, classroom, school, and family level. The considerations and recommendations in this handout can easily be applied to an ABE perspective.
Understanding Trauma: Learning Brain vs. Survival Brain
This short video reframes trauma in the classroom in terms of "learning brain" versus "survival brain" as a way to make it easier for teachers think and talk about trauma with students.