The Trauma-Informed School: A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide for Administrators and School Personnel


The Trauma-Informed School is an all-inclusive guide designed to give school administrators of any school (elementary, middle or high school), step-by-step instructions on how to turn a school of any size into a trauma-informed school. With over 250 pages of content, this guide gives you the protocols you need along with a link to download all the documents needed for a successful implementation.

This well written and well-organized guide was developed from the vast experience of a nationally recognized retired school principal and school consultant (Jim Sporleder) and a nationally recognized trauma expert (Heather T. Forbes, LCSW). The combined work of these two authors is a winning combination that will equip and empower you to become a trailblazer in the area of trauma-informed education.



“With The Trauma-Informed School, Jim Sporleder and Heather Forbes have written a practical, hands-on guide that is an invaluable resource for our teachers and educational support professionals. The Illinois Education Association offers sincere thanks to the authors for assisting us as we move forward in our commitment to helping our students overcome ACEs and the other obstacles that impede learning and student success.”

Audrey Soglin, Executive Director

Illinois Education Association



“A powerful tool for school administrators! I have attended trauma-informed conferences all around the country and I have heard administrators clamoring for more strategies. This guide delivers! It is packed with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and engaging real life stories of implementation. Exceptional content!”


Rick Griffin, Executive Director

Jubilee Leadership Academy



A Study Guide for Help for Billy: A Chapter by Chapter Guide for Teachers


This chapter by chapter study guide follows the ground-breaking book, "Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Working with Challenging Children in the Classroom." It is created for teachers to help in creating trauma-informed classrooms. This study guide is a must for any teacher, school, or school district needing to answer the question, "What does this really look like to have a trauma-informed focus?"


This guide is ideal to be used for a book study group of educators to generate discussions, explore new approaches, and implement effective strategies for students who exhibit challenging behaviors. Start a Leadership Team by getting your most passionate teachers and other school personnel to dive into this material and learn what it really means to be have a trauma-informed platform.

“I've finished Help for Billy and the Study Guide. Thank you so much; they were the exact materials I've been looking for. I found that they both resonated deeply with my beliefs and experiences with students. As I'm sure many teachers do, I saw the faces of former students on each page. I gained new ideas for working with students and felt validated in some things I already do.”


John (Classroom Teacher)

"The book study (using the Help for Billy Study Guide) went great! Putting teachers in small groups worked really nicely and it led to in-depth and meaningful discussions. I'm hopeful about next year and the direction we're headed, thanks to the book and study guide. I have four new teachers hired and I am very excited. They are reading the book this summer and I'm going to lead them through a 'trauma boot camp' with these resources in late July to get them caught up. We couldn't have done it without these incredible resources!"


James Mofffett (Principal) and Amy Wells (Teacher)

Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom 


Help for Billy is a pragmatic manual to help guide educators and parents who are struggling with children impacted by trauma. Based on the concept of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior, Heather T. Forbes, LCSW provides detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for teachers and parents.


This easy to read book, with tables, outlines and lists, clears the way for a better understanding of the true nature regarding traumatic experiences affecting the brain and learning. It is a must read for anyone working with a child in the classroom. It has become the "bible" for setting the foundation for creating a trauma-informed school.


"Help for Billy' is a very inspiring, insightful, and practical book for parents and professionals who would like to work in partnership to help ensure the educational success for all the Billys we will encounter in our lifetime. Her book presents staff and parents with real life insight and solutions for working with the 'unteachable child' by providing them with practical approaches, effective commonsense strategies, and tools that provide us with hope for the future of all the Billys of the world. 'Help for Billy' is a must read for all educators, administrators, and parents interested in making a difference in the lives of the 'unteachable child.'"

Winston B. Johnson, LCSW, ACSW

Director for Prevention-Intervention Services Hartford Public Schools Connecticut

"In her new book, 'Help for Billy', Heather Forbes provides with deep insight a manual for parents and teachers addressing essential methods for managing the school-room behavior of the child with complex trauma. Based on concepts of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior, Forbes provides detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for both parent and teacher, with tables, outlines, and lists, focusing the information and making it easily applicable. She presents the essential concept of regulatory rather than behavioral dysfunction in the disruptive child, and provides a wealth of strategies for both the parent and teacher to apply to help the child to self-regulate. This groundbreaking book will be an invaluable resource for both parents and teachers of the disruptive child, and should be required reading for both.

Robert Scaer,

Author: The Body Bears the Burden, The Trauma Spectrum, and Eight Keys to Brain-Body Balance

Contact us today for more information:

Beyond Consequences Institute, LLC

1630A 30th Street Suite 488

Boulder, CO 80301

Tel:  303.993.8379

Fax: 321.206.2067

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