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International Journal of School & Educational Psychology

For a Special Issue on

Global Perspectives on Traumasensitive Schools

Abstract deadline
31 October 2023

Manuscript deadline
31 March 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Gino Casale, University of Wuppertal, Germany
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Friedrich Linderkamp, University of Wuppertal, Germany
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Global Perspectives on Traumasensitive Schools

Traumasensitive work in schools has gained increasing attention worldwide, recognizing the critical need for supportive environments for children and youth who have experienced traumatic events. The International Journal of School and Educational Psychology is pleased to announce a Special Issue focused on bringing together global research perspectives on Traumasensitive work in schools. This Special Issue aims to identify culture-generic and culture-specific facilitators and barriers for Traumasensitive work in schools on the macro-meso-, and micro-level. Additionally, the Special Issue aims to emphasize both hot and hidden topics as well as desiderata in research on Traumasensitive schools around the globe.

We invite researchers, and scholars to submit their original research, review articles, or theoretical as well as conceptual manuscripts addressing a range of topics related to Traumasensitive work in schools. While the focus is on Traumasensitive schools, we encourage submissions that explore related areas such as the effects of trauma-informed interventions, mental health support, and the role of schools in fostering resilience. The call covers, but is not limited to, the following content areas:

  • Increasing number of traumatized children and youth in schools: The impact of harsher living environments around the globe, including the effects of war, crisis, pandemics, global warming, and other environmental factors leading to a higher risk of traumatization among children and youth.
  • Traumatic events and risk for psychiatric disorders: The prevalence and severity of traumatic events experienced by children and youth globally, the association between traumatic events and the development of traumatic stress disorders, and the risk for developing psychiatric disorders in schools. This includes exploration of effective interventions and strategies for addressing these mental health challenges.
  • Social support and emotional regulation: Exploring the benefits of social support and high competencies in emotional regulation for children and youth exposed to traumatic events, and the potential role of schools as social learning environments in addressing these needs. This includes examining the role of educators in providing trauma-informed support and fostering resilience in students.
  • Characteristics of Traumasensitive schools: Empirically identified characteristics of Traumasensitive schools, including cultural sensitivity, professional development opportunities for educators, cooperation among professionals, and multiprofessional problem-solving approaches. This includes exploring effective implementation strategies and evaluating the impact of Traumasensitive practices in diverse cultural contexts.

We encourage submissions that

  • offer diverse perspectives,
  • employ innovative methodologies, and
  • contribute to bridging the research-practice gap in Traumasensitive work in schools.

This Special Issue provides an excellent opportunity to

  • advance our understanding of Traumasensitive practices globally,
  • identify effective strategies, and
  • shed light on areas requiring further investigation.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and working together to promote Traumasensitive work in schools and its positive impact on children and youth worldwide.

Submission Instructions

Extended Abstract Submission for Invited Authors: October 31st 2023

Invited Authors are requested to submit an extended abstract of their proposed paper, outlining the research objectives, methodology, and main findings (up to 500 words).

Full Paper Invite by Editors for Invited Authors: November 15th 2023

Authors of appropriate abstracts will be invited to submit full papers for further consideration. Manuscripts should follow the journal's guidelines and will undergo a peer-review process.

Extended Abstract Submission – Open Call: December 31st 2023

An open call will be sent out (November 15th 2023) and potential authors are requested to submit an extended abstract of their proposed paper, outlining the research objectives, methodology, and main findings (up to 500 words).

Please submit your extended abstracts via email to [email protected] by October 31st 2023.

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The expected publication date is January 2025.

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