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Redirecting Grief to Growth

A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth
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The Film That Started it All

“A Trusted Space®: Redirecting Grief to Growth” is a ground-breaking documentary and curriculum, created during the height of the pandemic to support our first responders in education. Based on research and neuroscience, the film shares how trusted relationships are the most immediate and potent antidote to the damaging effects of stress and trauma that so many students, families, and teachers – all of us – are navigating.

“With 70+ million young people coping with the uncertainty of the 2020-2021 school year, teachers, parents and the students themselves are paying an emotional toll that far exceeds anything we have ever experienced before. Continued unknowns are deepening insecurities, increasing mental health stressors, creating trauma, and pressing against every coping mechanism we have. And through it all we have a responsibility to our youth, and to ourselves, to model resiliency and offer hope, so healing can happen. The answer to this is trusted relationships, which are the antidote to trauma and pain.”

– Lori Woodley, AIT Founder & ATS Creator

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Building A Trusted Space:

A Classroom-level Evaluation of the Docu-training and Curriculum

Key Takeaways:

  • Teachers who were exposed to ATS and those who were not previously held similar attitudes related to trauma informed care.

  • Teachers who WERE NOT exposed to ATS continue to have those similar attitudes.

  • Teachers WHO WERE EXPOSED to ATS had more SIGNIFICANT positive attitudes related to trauma informed care compared to those who DIDN’T watch ATS. These positive attitudes towards trauma informed care persisted months after watching ATS.

  • The data shows that the overwhelming majority believed the docu-training was relevant to them, their students, had a discussion after it, learned new info, planned to implement, and recommended it to others. 

  • Those who applied the curriculum at some capacity reported it being:

    • moderately(4) to extremely(7) easy to apply

    • very(5) to extremely(7) relevant to work.

    • very to extremely beneficial to creating relationships.

    • moderate(4) to very(6) beneficial  to creating a safe community

    • very to extremely beneficial to student engagement.


270 participants, fully virtual learning, grades from kindergarten to 8th, some doing multiple grade



A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth
is a collaboration between:

Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker
Karin Gornick




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