ACO Educator Workshop Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Well-being

What is it?

Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Well-being is a workshop designed specifically for teachers and educators to build greater awareness of how to create a school culture that emphasizes a positive, safe and welcoming environment for children who experience foster care, adoption and other situations that make them vulnerable.

How long is the program?

The workshop is designed as a full day session. Half day sessions are also available, upon request.

We can also work with you to customize a plan that best suits the needs of your group’s schedule.

What is the cost?

Please contact [email protected].

How do I sign up?

Please contact [email protected] for more information and to book a workshop.

We are also working on developing this workshop into a multi-session online module for group and individual participation.

More About Our Educator Workshop

Educator Workshop Flyer

Educator Workshop Flyer

About the Program

All teachers have children in their classrooms that are dealing with the impact of trauma and loss in their lives.  Some through their journeys of foster care and adoption; others through immigration as a refugees, violence in the home, conflict in parental separation and divorce, serious illness, or a death in the family.  Children and youth touched by foster care and adoption, in particular, have told us that they want a school environment that is positive, inclusive, safe and sensitive to their unique needs and life experiences.

ACO has worked collectively with youth, families, educators and other professionals to develop a workshop to assist educators in creating school communities of well-being for adopted and foster children, and other vulnerable children, who have been touched by trauma and loss. The Workshop was piloted with great success in May 2017 to a diverse group of Ontario educators.

ACO can accommodate large and small groups within a school community or across a school board. Our trainers are located in many regions of the province to be sensitive to local needs and facilitate this interactive workshop in communities/school boards.

We all must work together to create environments in which children and youth who have experienced significant trauma and loss are able to thrive and heal.

Our kids deserve nothing less.


For resources, click here to visit our Educator Resource page.

What do previous participants have to say about the workshop?

Educators can begin to put this workshop into practice tomorrow – it’s a mindset that’s doable; small changes can be made to make a large impact.

…So much wonderful stuff to explore. I think all administration at schools need to take this.

Loved every minute of it. It really helped my understanding of the foster system, adoption and how small some of the triggers can be.