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Raising Joy Podcast: Addressing Chronic Stress and Trauma in Schools

In this episode of the Raising Joy podcast, Michael Garcia, LPC, and Remington Pohlmeyer, LMSW, join us to talk about how important it is to understand mental health and trauma in a school setting.

Listen to Episode 14 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. You can also listen on our YouTube channel. The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative, and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental wellbeing of children and teens.

Did you know Fort Worth ISD has a Prevention and Crisis Response team dedicated to helping teachers, administrators and students understand how trauma impacts the classroom? Michael Garcia, LPC, and Remington Pohlmeyer, LMSW, join us to talk about their small but mighty team of trauma specialists.

In this discussion, Garcia and Pohlmeyer discuss the pandemic's impact on students and how important it is to understand mental health and trauma in a school setting.

According to FWISD, the goal of the trauma specialist is to work in partnership with administrators and teachers to implement a trauma informed care approach by providing practical tools and interventions; improving academic success, healthy relationships, and emotional regulation.

Their work includes:

  • Encourage trauma informed strengths
  • Provide training on brain development, trauma, effects of trauma and Trust Based Relational Intervention concepts
  • Provide consultations for problematic behaviors
  • Provide ongoing support to the campus
  • Model a trauma informed care approach to correcting behaviors

Special thanks for Laura Van Hoosier, AVP of Public Relations at Cook Children’s, for joining as a guest co-host.

Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s Joy Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the Joy Campaign, visit

New episodes of the Raising Joy podcast will be available each Tuesday. It is currently available on all major streaming platforms including Apple, SpotifyGoogle Podcasts and YouTube.

About Cook Children's

Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of nine companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., Child Study Center and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For 100 years, we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. For more information, visit