Trauma Informed Out-of-School Time


The National Substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) currently defines trauma and trauma informed organizations as follows: 


  • “Results from an event, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.” 


  • “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.”

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  • Since 2018, Sunrise has worked to become a more trauma-informed organization, prioritizing staff training in trauma-informed approaches, staying on top of the latest national research, and building on our internal expertise and capacity to provide training to other OST providers. 

  • The Sunrise team works year-round to provide trauma-informed programming to the students and families it serves and incorporates the lessons learned from this work into its training materials on an ongoing basis.


Sunrise is excited to share unique workshops designed to explore key concepts that have emerged from N.E.A.R. science, a set of lessons learned from a combined understanding of neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs, and resilience.

Each 2 hour module can be conducted virtually by videoconference or in-person in Philadelphia, and can accommodate up to 25 participants. 


Sunrise's trainings are open to any interested OST provider or educator. These workshops may be funded by 21st Century Learning Center funding and focus on:

  • Defining key concepts of trauma and resilience

  • Concrete strategies to integrate into professional practice and program design 

  • Content designed specifically for the context of OST 


Our Trainings:

Foundational Trauma Concepts in OST

Promoting Resilience and Self-Regulation

Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Classroom Culture

Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Curriculum Planning and Implementation

Trauma-Informed STEM Career Enrichment Programming 

​For more information or to get in touch with our project team, please contact:

Marina Fradera  - Trauma and Curriculum Specialist

Phone: (267) 241-5794