Trauma and Wellness Resources

Share these resources and healing services with our college community to aid in coping with trauma and discourse experienced during the trail and verdict of the murder of George Floyd. 

California Community Colleges Health & Wellness: 

The Association of Black Psychologist:

Black Mental Health - Every Mind Matters: 

Every Mind Matters:

QRC Mental Health Mondays:

CCSF Student Health Services:


Self-Care Reading

How to Cope with Vicarious Trauma (verified by psychology today)

Some suggestions for coping with primary and secondary trauma that you may be experiencing include:

Protect Yourself

  • Limit your exposure to the news. This is the easiest step to take and helps you contain the time you allow yourself to witness trauma.
  • Know your “triggers” and create boundaries that limit your exposure to these topics. Whether it is news channels, social media feeds, or people in our lives, be intentional in when and where you engage with these. If you’re already feeling vulnerable or distressed, keep your boundaries strong.
  • Avoid any screen time during the final 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed. Use yoga, meditation, a warm shower or bath, reading, journaling, or other similar activities as a way to prepare yourself for sleep.

Care for Yourself

  • Find ways to volunteer and advocate in ways that help address problems and issues that contribute to the negative conditions for others. Contributing to a cause, through whatever means and resources available, allows us to feel that we are making a difference and being part of a solution. This may including donating money, volunteering time for a cause, writing letters or making calls to senators and representatives, or even donating blood.
  • Practice random acts of kindness such as “paying it forward” by paying for the order of the person behind you in the drive-through or raking leaves or snow blowing for your neighbors.
  • Find positive ways to engage your mind and imagination. If you’re in the mood for entertainment, choose television shows or movies that leave you feeling good about the world, not more pessimistic.
  • Read books that inspire you or engage you in stories and events that don’t bring you down.

Lean on Your Support System

  • Spend time with people who share your passions or your perspectives in ways that are supportive, not further distressing. Being part of a group focused on creating change leaves us in a much more healing place than arguing and debating issues with people who don’t share our perspectives.


Get Involved

Join or go to the Student Equity Strategies (SES) Committee, which advises the Academic Senate on effective strategies for achieving student equity and fosters college-wide dialog on the achievement gap and progress of under-represented students.

Health & Wellness Resources

CCC Health & Wellness | The goal of CCC Health & Wellness is to support the 115 CCC colleges in identifying, implementing, and sustaining strategies for addressing student health, mental health, wellness, and basic needs.

CAIR California | The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit, grassroots civil rights and advocacy organization. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with offices nationwide, including in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego areas. Legal services include incident reporting.

Mental Health Toolkit | This toolkit includes resources for individuals and mental health professionals to effectively address the unique mental health challenges that Muslims face. This toolkit also includes specific resources for addressing the needs of American Muslim children who face the added challenge of bullying from peers and adults alike.

Muslim Wellness Foundation | Muslim Wellness Foundation is dedicated to promoting healing and well-being, while reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through dialogue, education, and training.


National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement | The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is dedicated to supporting students through crisis and loss.

On Teaching in a Time of Terrorism | This blog post from Facing History, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging students in examination of racism and prejudice, provides suggested strategies for discussing terrorism and mass attacks in the classroom.

Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals | For therapists, child welfare workers, case managers, and other helping professionals, listening to trauma stories may take an emotional toll that compromises professional functioning and quality of life. This fact sheet outlines options for assessment, prevention, and interventions for secondary traumatic stress.

Educational Resources

3CSN: Northern California Learning Network | The Northern California Learning Network (NCLN) is one of seven regional networks established by the California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN). With 3CSN’s infrastructure and support, each region’s coordinator facilitates professional development events centered on effective practices for promoting student success across disciplines, programs, and campuses.

Professional Learning Network | The Professional Learning Network is a one-stop site for effective practices, trainings, and other resources for California Community Colleges faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees. The purpose of the Professional Learning Network, which was launched in April 2016, is to provide information and resources to college personnel on improving operations and student success. The Professional Learning Network is funded by the CCC Chancellor’s Office as part of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative.

American Council on Education | ACUE (the Association of College and University Educators) is a new company founded in 2014 by leaders in higher education to advance effective instruction, support college educators, and promote student success. ACUE partners with colleges and universities to implement scalable, research-based faculty development programs leading to a Certificate in Effective College Instruction. | One of the best-known and most respected online professional training websites is free to CCSF instructors. It is also available to California Community Colleges professionals at no cost through the PLN website.

Center for Urban Education | CUE (The Center for Urban Education) is the creator of the Equity Scorecard Process, which is an action research process that includes theories of change, tools, framework and sustainability practices that allow campuses to address equity gaps and embed practices for sustained change. Various aspects of Equity Scorecard Process are used with campus collaborations across the United States.

Career Ladders Project | The Career Ladders Project (CLP) aims to improve educational and career outcomes for Californians. We foster these opportunities through research, policy reforms and strategic assistance to community colleges—and their K16 education, workforce and community partners.

Recently, CLP created the California Counseling Network (CACN), a professional forum for collaboration and innovation among counselors and student support colleagues serving students in secondary and postsecondary pathways.

If you are interested in becoming a member of CaCN please fill out this short survey.

California Virtual Campus | The California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses.

The CVC-OEI is sponsored by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District as the recipient of a $56.9 million five-year grant disbursed by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO). Composed of high-quality online courses, resources for students, and technology, the CVC-OEI represents a comprehensive and collaborative program that leverages effective practices and technology to significantly increase the opportunity for higher education degree attainment in California.

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