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Trauma Fundamentals for Higher Educators

Are you a trauma-aware educator? While trauma isn't new, the COVID-19 global pandemic has moved many higher educators to learn more about trauma's impacts. Learners who complete this fully asynchronous workshop will be able to define trauma and identify its impacts on both teaching and learning. Karen will introduce you to her trauma-aware teaching framework. She'll share a scope of practice model for college faculty to help you set healthy boundaries as you begin to more deeply explore trauma's impacts.

This is a fully asynchronous course that learners can complete at their own pace. Learning activities include videos, written content, knowledge checks, and access to carefully curated trauma resources.

Registration Information

Approximate hours to complete*:

3-4 hours​



*Learners who complete this course may request a certificate of completion from OLT. A certificate denotes completion of the course requirements (e.g., videos, readings, knowledge checks) and should not be considered a formal certification. 

Group Registration:

10% discount for groups of 50+

20% discount for groups of 100+

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About the

Karen Costa is a faculty development facilitator specializing in online pedagogy and trauma-aware higher education. Karen loves leading faculty learners through fun, interactive, and supportive professional development experiences. 
Karen’s first book, 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos (Stylus, April 2020), focuses on helping faculty and teachers to make creative use of videos in their classrooms.
Karen is involved in various faculty development initiatives including as a facilitator for the Online Learning Consortium, Online Learning Toolkit, and Lumen Learning. She spent four years as a regular writer for Women in Higher Education. Her writing has also appeared in Inside Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, On Being, and Faculty Focus. 
Karen graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in sociology. She holds an M.Ed. in higher education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a CAGS in educational leadership from Northeastern University. Karen has a Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience (Levels 1 and 2) from Florida State University, a Trauma-Informed Organizations Certificate from the University of Buffalo's School of Social Work, and a Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning, and Online Instruction from Drexel University.

Karen is a certified yoga teacher and Level 1 Yoga for Arthritis teacher. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.