SAE Workshop: Trauma-Informed Archival Education

The International Council on Archives’ (ICA) Section on Archival Education (SAE) is offering its members four workshops in a series entitle Archival Pedagogies. These workshops will cover digital curation education, climate change, information cultures, and trauma-informed archival education. 

The second session is titled Trauma-Informed Archival Education and all the information about this workshop scheduled for the third week of November is provided below. 

Trauma-Informed Archival Education 

Facilitators: Nicola Laurent and Kirsten Wright 

17 November – 9:00-11:00 AEDT / 16 November 23:00-01:00 CET (check the time in your time zone)

This virtual session will be delivered in English. Interpretation into other languages will not be provided.       

Trauma-informed archival practice is being discussed within the archival profession as a way to support and empower users and staff of archives. Most discussion has focused on how trauma-informed archival practice could be implemented practically within archival organisations, but an area we need to consider is how it can embedded within the education and training of archivists. This workshop will introduce the principles of trauma-informed practice – safety, trust and transparency, choice, collaboration, and empowerment – and examine how trauma-informed practice can be developed into a curriculum within archival education. Discussion will consider the appropriate language to use and best approaches to take when introducing the topic to students, and the role of educators to prepare students for potentially difficult or traumatic encounters in archives. Participants will leave this workshop with ideas of how to include trauma-informed archival practice within archival education curriculum. 

Register here

Registration closes on Tuesday 15 November, 23:59 CET 

Registration is free but is restricted to SAE members. To join SAE, join the ICA and opt in to SAE membership. ICA members are entitled to two section memberships at no extra cost. Existing ICA members can log in to their account at or contact the ICA Secretariat to add or change their section affiliations. 

This SAE project is supported by the ICA through the Programme Commission.