Note: Training can be tailored to the unique needs of an individual school or an organization as requested.
Implementing a Trauma Informed School
The focus will be on the school as the change agent, an interconnected team, including mental health and child care practitioners, that supports healthy development of children, ultimately creating a thriving school. Participants will also learn how to find ACE-related programming in their communities and integrate it into practice while learning and practicing strategies and activities that support nurturing, positive relationships and appropriate learning experiences in a trauma informed school setting.
Healing the Experience of Trauma: A Path to Resilience
This course is great for anyone who works with children in schools or agency settings. Clinical and non-clinical professionals will benefit from this course. Topics include the psycho-physiology of trauma and the Polyvagal theory, the pendulation between trauma and resilience themes and hands-on activities.
This course is designed for direct care staff, youth specialists, para educators, counselors, social workers, therapists, administrators and any other caregivers, professionals or first-responders working with people who exhibit problematic behavior. This course builds upon The Circle of Courage philosophy; providing a set of skills/tools to be used when intervening with individuals in crisis. Topics include values-based treatment & care, an overview of the Circle of Courage Philosophy, broken circles & pain-based behavior, assessing behavior using a "courageous lens," and connecting, clarifying and restoring.
A Recipe for Empathy
This course focuses on how to incorporate strategies to best support children and youth utilizing a social emotional framework.
Objectives for the Course:
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Working with Organizations, Non-Profits, Faith-Based Organizations, or School Districts wanting to become a Trauma Responsive Community.
While trauma continues to be an unfortunately common experience, building resilience and maintaining a strengths-based perspective is the best way to support your staff and persons served who have experienced trauma.
If you are working toward becoming a more trauma-informed organization, contact us! We can best tailor a training to best support your unique needs.
INDIVIDUAL and group THERAPY
Individual Therapy is a joint effort between you and your therapist, where you will work as a team to identify and help achieve your goals. Individual therapy offers you an unbiased and emphatic support for your personal challenges. Therapy can assist you in improving your coping skills, self esteem, positive self regard, and communication skills with others. Counseling can offer you support for life transitions, anxiety and depression, grief support, ADHD, anger issues, peer issues, relationships, education, career skills, and more. My treatment approach includes the use of Cognitive Behavior (CBT), and Families Solution Focused (SFBT), and Motivational Interviewing.
Together, we can bring out your best self in a safe and trusted setting.
Short-Term Group Intervention:
Interventions tailored to 4-6 individuals of the same age range who have experienced similar trauma or toxic stress experiences. These groups can be implemented in a school/organizational setting.
I offer consultation to organizations and schools who need help with individual students or with classroom structure by providing behavior management techniques, data collection, functional behavior assessments and trauma-informed behavior intervention plans. I also provide consultation for practitioners wishing to become trauma-informed. In addition, I am able to offer coaching to counselors, social workers, therapists, etc. who wish to implement Structured Sensory Intervention sessions with groups or individuals in schools or other settings.
What is Trauma Informed Care?
I am dedicated to combating the devastating effects of childhood trauma through education, training, consultation and advocacy.
Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences.
Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. People commonly demonstrate resilience.
Being resilient does not mean that a person does not experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have suffered major adversity or trauma in their lives. In fact, the road to resilience is likely to involve considerable emotional distress.
Developing resilience is a personal journey. People do not all react the same to traumatic and stressful life events. An approach to building resilience that works for one person might not work for another. People use varying strategies.
- LeRoy, A.S., Boomgaard, S.L. Empathy in Isolation: Lived Experiences of Teachers of Refugee Children. Integr. psych. behav. (2019) doi:10.1007/s12124-019-09508-0 link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12124-019-09508-0
- Check out my article for the Starr Global Learning Network starr.org/category/articles/
- Curriculum Vitae