This workshop explores the topic of trigger warnings (i.e., written or verbalized alerts intended to warn students in advance of material that may elicit a strong emotional response) in the context of a university level psychology classroom. This workshop is designed for psychology graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, or professors involved in teaching. Trigger warnings are particularly relevant to the psychology classroom, as psychology is inherently focused on topics involving people and personal issues that could make students feel uncomfortable (e.g., mental health disorders, suicidal ideation, the impact of sexual assault). Although trigger warnings are increasingly used in classrooms to help students feel comfortable learning about topics that may elicit negative emotions, there appears to be confusion among course instructors as to what trigger warnings are, and if they are appropriate for the classroom. Thus, the goal of this workshop is to elicit a discussion about using trigger warnings in the psychology classroom and support instructors who are interested in incorporating them into their own classes. To achieve this goal, the workshop covers the origin and use of trigger warnings, as well as the benefits and challenges of using them in the psychology classroom.
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Ritchie, Mary B.
"Pulling the Trigger: Exploring the Debate on Using Trigger Warnings in Psychology Classrooms,"
Teaching Innovation Projects: Vol. 7
, Article 6.
Available at: https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/tips/vol7/iss1/6