PLC Trauma Informed Approach
Every student follows an individual or bespoke pathway at PLC. To hep us consider the best pathway for each student to follow we have developed our own PLC ‘Trauma Recovery Model’. This model identifies 6 broad pathways which provide an overview of the types of underlying needs a student might have, how they may be presenting and the layered approach to their programme that we will put in place.
For example, a student arriving with us who has experienced significant trauma, may still be trying to process their past experiences or develop a secure base or attachment. Life might be chaotic for them, they may have experienced bereavement or loss of someone close to them, or have been the victim of abuse or neglect. They may present with challenging, hyper vigilant, hyper aroused, aggressive or self harming behaviours as a result of what’s happened to them. They would need to follow a pathway which focuses on building relationships with adults and peers, builds trust, allows their basic needs to be met and offer repeated opportunities and interventions which helps them start to develop strategies to self regulate and accept social boundaries. Only when they feel safe and trust those around them will they be able to start to engage in learning. This student would follow a Pathway 6.
The aim is for students to move through the pathways until they are able to operate at Pathway 1 – where they are fully engaged in learning, achieving their goals and have a clear future pathway.
Please see the PLC Trauma Recovery Model for further details.