Professional Development Courses
Online Self-Paced Courses
Summer Courses (3 days, on Zoom)
This course will support you in understanding: (1) what trauma is and the neuroscience behind understanding the dysregulated behaviors presented by students who have experienced trauma; (2) a framework for the strategies that transform schools and classrooms into contexts that promote post-traumatic growth; (3) evidence-based benefits for investing in ensuring that your pedagogical practices are trauma responsive; and (4) quick start universal precaution practices.
Classes on Zoom .
Becoming a Trauma Responsive Educator
July 12-14, 2021
This 3-day course on Zoom, with a focus on classroom planning activities, will strengthen your knowledge and capacity to recognize traumatic stress behaviors and respond with developmentally supportive practices. You will also engage in discussion based on problems of practice from your schools and classrooms and complete planning materials to ready yourself for the coming academic year. We will also discuss compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress, and create a sustainable self-care plan to foster your well-being and the longevity of your educational career.
This course with companion student and staff assessment and activities manual will prepare you with (1) the knowledge and awareness of trauma and how it shows up in student behaviors; (2) a range of practices and planning materials to support students coping with grief and loss, and high level of anxiety and distress; (3) a range of student assessments and activities to foster their well-being; and (4) a series of staff assessments and self-care activities to foster your well-being.
Includes the intro course: Understanding Trauma and Trauma Responsive Educational Practices.
Classes on Zoom .
Trauma Responsive School Leadership
July 12-14, 2021
This 3-day course on Zoom, with a focus on planning for implementation, will strengthen your knowledge and capacity to create a whole-school, coordinated plan for meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of students coping with trauma. You will also engage in discussions based on problems of practice from your schools and classrooms and complete planning materials to ready yourself for the coming academic year. We will also discuss compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress, and create a sustainable plan for school-wide collective-care to foster the well-being of school staff.
This course addresses the needs identified by school nurses who report that they are often called in to respond to student mental health challenges. The National Association of School Psychologists estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic will result in an overall doubling or tripling of students experiencing psychological distress that can undermine their success in the classroom. With targeted professional development school nurses can play a pivotal role in meeting students’ increasing need for social, emotional, and mental health support.
Meeting students mental health needs is an all staff effort, and security staff are often called upon to respond to students who are exhibiting behavioral dysregulation. This course will build the capacity of security staff to (1) understand how psychological and emotional distress can show up as acting-out and escalating behaviors, (2) de-escalation strategies that are responsive to the needs of students coping with trauma, and (3) strategies for getting beyond surface behaviors to understand and support students who are feeling anxious, agitated, and defensive.