Trauma-Informed Schools (TIS)

Want to equip your teachers and administrators to give hurting students the support they need not just to survive, but thrive in the wake of trauma?

Effects of child trauma in schools
Equip your Smith County Texas school or district to help kids survive and thrive in the wake of trauma

The Effects of Child Trauma In Schools

We get it—when traumatized students don’t get the help they need, everybody loses.

In Smith County, 6,000 kids from birth to 18 years have been abused. And some of them are in your school.

Isolated, downward spiraling victims

When educators lack proper training, victims don’t always get the emotional, behavioral, social, and academic support needed to thrive in the classroom setting.

Chaotic, strained family dynamics

Trauma can cause family dynamics to change when victims are not supported at school.

Distracted, underperforming students

If more time is spent correcting students of trauma, less time is devoted to learning.

Exasperated, discouraged faculty members

When students of trauma display behaviors like anger, sadness, defiance, and worry, teachers want to help but may not be equipped to do so.

The positive impact TIS makes on Smith County schools and districts

The Trauma-Informed Schools Difference

With Trauma-Informed Schools, children get the help they need—and everyone wins.

When school administrators and staff are equipped to understand and recognize the signs of trauma, the benefits are:

Supported, flourishing students

When daily practices focus on building trusting relationships and emotional safety, the healing process is supported in the classroom.

Peaceful, healthier family dynamics

When students spend their weekdays in supportive school environments, the whole family reaps the rewards.

Focused, higher-performing students

As behavioral issues decrease in the classroom, students can reach their full academic potential.

Confident, encouraged faculty members

Trauma-Informed teachers help students navigate their challenges so they can succeed in the classroom and beyond. Students leave school fulfilled and excited to come back the next day.

“In my 10 years of teaching, this has been the most useful and honest training I have ever received.”

— Megan Jones, Whitehouse ISD High School

Trauma-Informed Schools program at the CACSC
What to expect from TIS

What To Expect

Here’s how the Trauma-Informed Schools program works.

The CACSC Trauma-Informed Schools program provides:

Training on your schedule

Most training sessions are spaced out over the course of the semester at intervals that fit your schedule.

Training on your campus

TIS training happens on your campus.

Training at no cost

The entire TIS program, which includes training sessions, resources, and an on-campus support strategist, is free of charge.

Training that's TEA approved for CPE Hours

Trauma-Informed Schools training hours are approved by the Texas Education Agency for Continuing Professional Education hours.

Trauma-Informed certification for school campuses

All participants are trauma-informed certified through the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County once the entire course is completed and success is demonstrated on the post-assessment.

Trauma-Informed certification for school districts

When all schools in a district are trained and complete the TIS plan, then an entire school district can have the distinguished opportunity to be called a “Trauma-Informed School District.”

The positive impact TIS makes on Smith County schools and districts

TIS Schools & Districts

These Smith County schools & districts are already equipping their admins & educators.

Ready to put yours on the list?



  • Arp Elementary
  • Arp Middle School
  • Arp High School
Bullard Independent School District

Bullard ISD

  • Bullard Early Childhood
  • Bullard Primary
  • Bullard Intermediate
  • Bullard Elementary
  • Bullard Middle School
  • Bullard High School
Bullard Independent School District

Chapel Hill ISD

  • Chapel Hill High School
  • Chapel Hill Junior High
  • Kissam Intermediate
Bullard Independent School District

Cumberland Academy

  • Cumberland Academy High School
Bullard Independent School District

Lindale ISD

  • College Street Elementary
Bullard Independent School District

Premier High School

Bullard Independent School District

Promise Academy

Bullard Independent School District

St. Gregory Cathedral School

Bullard Independent School District

Tyler ISD

  • Orr Elementary
  • Jack Elementary
  • Rice Elementary
  • Austin Elementary
  • TISD Bus Drivers
Bullard Independent School District

UT Tyler

  • Pre-Service Student Teachers
Whitehouse Independent School District

Whitehouse ISD

  • Brown Elementary
  • Cain Elementary
  • Higgins Elementary
  • Stanton-Smith Elementary
  • Holloway 6th Grade Campus
  • Whitehouse Junior High
  • Whitehouse High School
  • AIM Center
Bullard Independent School District

Winona ISD

  • Winona Elementary
Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Learn to recognize & respond to the signs of mental illness & substance use disorders.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Upon completion of the course, adults are certified as a Youth MHFA first responder and can help youth who may be suffering from:



Eating disorders


Substance use

Ready to explore Youth Mental Health First Aid for your faculty and/or parents?

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Trauma-Informed Schools Testimonial

“Whitehouse ISD is honored to partner with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County to be a Trauma-Informed District. Our staff are now better prepared to recognize and respond to students impacted by traumatic stress, provide the tools to cope with difficult situations, and create an underlying culture of respect and understanding.”

— Christopher Moran, Ed.D.

Contact the CACSC to discuss TIS

Getting Started

Every school and district in Smith County can become Trauma-Informed. Making yours the next one starts with a conversation.

Ready to explore bringing Trauma-Informed Schools to your school or district? Contact Darlene Marshall, TIS Director:

Explore the CACSC Trauma-Informed Schools program
Child abuse training for students at schools in Smith County, Texas
Trauma-Informed Schools

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