Trauma causes physiological, psychological and behavioral reactions in those who experience it and severely compromises a victim's sense of safety and security. These reactions do not stop when the trauma is over. Overwhelming thoughts and feelings may permeate the child's life.
The Impact of Trauma
When a child is traumatized, it often surpasses their ability to cope. It impacts thinking, self-regulation, self-esteem, relationships, learning, behavior and more. Traumatized children sometimes perplex adults when their behavioral issues and responses that seem out of sync and out of context to the situation.
Gain Insight and Understanding
This training will explain the various neurobiological, psychological, emotional and physiological impact of trauma on a developing child. This knowledge will allow for a more compassionate stance from adults. It will help adult caregivers gain insight and understanding and provide them with a workable model that helps them better help the child.
Intervene, Respond and Support
We'll explore interventions and support that can be provided right in the classroom, to help children minimize trauma triggers and return to baseline in a much quicker fashion. Activities and exercises that promote change will be covered in this training. Teachers and administrators will leave with an arsenal of strategies and techniques they can begin to implement immediately.
Wendy's Experience and Background in Trauma
Wendy has vast experience and expertise in treating traumatized children and has worked with hundreds of traumatized children, teens, adults and families. She has trained other clinicians, as well as administrators and educators on best practices in responding to traumatized children and worked at the state level to increase understanding of trauma on children. Her clinical caseload includes 80-90% of children with significant trauma histories and she has testified as an expert witness on trauma in several court cases. Wendy has trained several school districts in responding to traumatized children in the classroom and 100% of attendees said the training would be helpful to all educators.
Work with Wendy
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Continuing Education Units
If you are looking to provie CEUs with your training, Wendy will be happy to fill out the paperwork you provide, so that you may submit it to your governing body for approval. Wendy has worked successfully with other programs to obtain CEUs.
As a result of this training, participants will be able to identify:
~ The neurobiology of trauma with an exploration of attachment and how those issues impact upon behavior and learning.
~ Fight, flight and freeze responses and the best way to respond to all three.
~ What trauma is and how it presents in children/Why this matters
~ ACES and Time Windows of Trauma
~ How trauma-based behaviors impact educators and how we can manage our own reactions. Cognitive-behavioral self-calming strategies will be explored and educators will learn new things to respond to challenging behaviors.
~ The importance of co-regulation.
~ The role that trauma plays in creating and sustaining challenging behaviors and how that impedes learning.
~ What trauma triggers are and how those are unique for different children.
Mental health best practices and developmentally appropriate ways to respond to challenging behaviors (particularly behaviors related to trauma).
~ How to sooth the limbic systems of children in our classrooms, so they can return to baseline functioning and be more prepared to learn. We'll explore specific interventions that may be used in the classroom.
~ Classroom adaptations: Student self-regulation/self-control, educator self-regulation/self-control, reading/writing, self-care.