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Sharing the Trauma Informed Approach


Sunrise's trainings are open to any interested Out-of-School Time (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 

Sunrise is excited to share unique workshops designed to explore key concepts in Trauma Informed Approaches that have emerged from N.E.A.R. science, a set of lessons learned from a combined understanding of neurobiology, epigenetics, and the study of "adverse childhood experiences (ACE).

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

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Marina Fradera  - Trauma and Curriculum Specialist 

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Conferences presented at:

  • National After School Association Conference

  • Beyond School Hours Conference

  • National Youth Advocacy and Resilience Conference

  • Best of Out-of-School-Time (BOOST) Conference

  • 21CCLC Summer Symposium

  • Jefferson Trauma Trainers

Organizations that have contracted with us:

  • CORA Services


  • The Nelson Foundation 

  • Free Library of Philadelphia

(267) 241-5794

Trainings We Offer:

Foundational Trauma Concepts in OST

Promoting Resilience and Self-Regulation

Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Classroom Culture

Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Curriculum Planning and Implementation

The training gave me a much deeper understanding of my reaction and responses to trauma “triggers”

Training Participant - Trauma sensitive Approaches to Classroom Culture

A key takeaway from this training was the de-escaliation strategies we learned to help children who are dysregulated or activated

Training Participant - Foundational Trauma Concepts in OST  

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I was fascinated to learn about how brain development is physically affected by trauma in the early stages of life

Training Participant - Foundational Trauma Concepts in OST  

The trainings really helped me to recognize maladapted behavior patterns in young students + how to respond appropriately. 

Training Participant - Promoting Resilience and Self Regulation


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


  • “Recognizing the results of 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.

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