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School Counselor Perspectives on Trauma

By CSCA Leaders | March 2022

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Supporting Teachers Working with Students with Trauma

By Vasti Holstun
Due to the overwhelming need to support students with trauma history in the context of the pandemic, school counselors should enlist the help of teachers. Teachers can help identify students with trauma and provide necessary academic support. In supporting teachers, school counselors can build collegial and trusting relationships that in turn can benefit the students. Read complete article

Dr. Vasti Holstun, LPC, NCC, NCSC is an assistant professor at Liberty University and continues to provide counseling to children, adolescents and families in her private practice in Colorado Springs. She currently serves on CSCA’s mentorship committee and ethics committee.

Being Trauma-Informed: Not Just One More Thing to Add to Our Plates

By Anna Gisetti
As school counselors, we all know how important it is to be trauma-informed and to integrate strategies into our practices. Finding the time to train staff and knowing what to say can be tricky. This article shares ways I advocate for time in front of staff and some of the topics I cover during professional development. Read complete article

Anna Gisetti is a school counselor at Carmody Middle School and the CSCA Region 9 Representative. Contact her at

My Personal Awakening: Becoming Trauma Informed

By Michelle Zinser
Learn how one school counselor, through her journey of personal loss and grief, discovered a trauma-informed practice. Read complete article

Michelle Zinser, NCC, is a high school counselor at Coal Ridge High School in New Castle and a former elementary school teacher in Los Angeles and Morocco. She is the CSCA Region 6 Representative; contact her at