Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Education (Ed.D.)


Administrative and Instructional Leadership

First Advisor

Anthony J Annunziato

Second Advisor

James Campbell

Third Advisor

Richard Bernato


The purpose of this study is to examine the readiness of school districts in Suffolk County, New York, to implement a trauma-informed system to address the growing needs of mental health interventions in student populations. A review of the literature will show a historical prevalence of mental health providers and individual student interventions within the school building, or in partnership with community agencies. Recent literature shows an increase in school-related issues have origins in student trauma or adverse childhood experiences. The study will examine the issue by conducting a mixed method analysis, using a survey instrument and focus group interviews, of members of the Suffolk Directors of Guidance. Significance of the study will help districts who want to implement a systematic and districtwide approach to mitigating trauma-related student issues by identifying current readiness and examining gaps in preparation to implement the National Dropout Prevention Center’s Trauma-Skilled Schools Model.