Trauma Informed Education Coalition


Trauma Informed Education Coalition


Since 2012, the Trauma Informed Education Coalition (TIEC) has been informing the education community and grass roots advocates across Pennsylvania about the issue of emotional and psychological trauma as an impediment to both academic and social school performance.  It holds a unique role in providing information that has influenced state and federal policy initiatives including Pennsylvania Act 144 mandating trauma-informed education Statewide and US ESSA, which includes provisions for trauma-informed practices in the educational setting.  


TIEC is a diverse, groundbreaking collaboration of lay membership and professionals from the fields of education, counseling, psychology, human development, and social work.  We plan and conduct professional development training for entities that serve children and their families.  TIEC is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 (Act 45) approved provider.


TIEC strives to set the standard for education and training concerning the impact of emotional and psychological trauma, and seeks to transform society through high-quality service to people-serving institutions, agencies, and organizations.


TIEC provides state of the art collaborative professional experience and outstanding expertise that together deliver the highest quality, most transformational service available.  We are committed to advance a strength based, resilient society.


Understanding Trauma and Its Impact
Understanding traumatic stress, its impact on the school community, and that many behaviors are adaptive responses to trauma.

Promoting Safety
​Establishing a safe physical, psychological, and emotional environment where basic needs are met, safety measures are in place, and people's responses are consistent, predictable, and respectful.

Ensuring Cultural Competence
Understanding how cultural context influences perception of and response to traumatic events and the recovery process by respecting diversity, providing opportunities for cultural rituals, and respecting cultural backgrounds.

Supporting Resilience
Helping people build confidence and competence that will strengthen their sense of autonomy by outlining clear expectations, providing opportunities to participate in the creation of personal goals, and maintaining awareness and respect for basic human rights and freedoms.

Sharing Influence
Promoting democracy by sharing power and decision-making.

Integrating Systems
Maintaining a holistic view of the individual and the healing process, and facilitating communication within and among systems.

Building Relationships
Believing that establishing safe, authentic, and positive relationships can be corrective and restorative to survivors of trauma.

Instilling Hope
Instilling hope by providing opportunities for people to be involved at all levels of the system, facilitating peer support, by focusing on strength and resiliency, and establishing future-oriented goals.