Trauma-Informed Educator Skills (TIES)
How does trauma interfere with student learning and behavior? This workshop translates current trauma research into usable information for educators in the classroom. You will learn how trauma affects working memory, perception, learning, and social relationships.
Using the ’trauma lens’, we consider several examples of challenging student behavior to understand how it may have been shaped by traumatic experiences. Traumatized youth often show negative or explosive reactions to the frustration that are difficult to anticipate and manage in the classroom. Once you understand the impacts of trauma on student learning and behavior, you will have a better idea how to intervene.
Through group discussion, video, demonstration, and practice, we will identify points of intervention and remedies, including prevention and de-escalation strategies to shift the interaction from confrontation to collaboration. Educators will leave ready to use these tools in your classroom.
The recent Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety grants require training in ACES for applicant school districts. This training satisfies that requirement.
We offer the following workshops which are uniquely tailored to the end user:
Trauma-Informed Educator Skills (TIES) - Preschool Focus
Our youngest students and children are the focus of Preschool TIES, a workshop for preschool educators, daycare, Early Childhoo, and Head Start staff, and pediatric medical professionals caring for and teaching our most vulnerable youngsters. This workshop offers participants a review of early emotional and social development and an examination of how traumatic experiences impact attachment and learning. Through group discussion, video, and evidence-based research, we identify specific strategies to help young children build emotional resilience through their relationships with caring adults.
Finally, with concern for the well-being of the adults working with preschool populations, we include strategies to strengthen adult emotional resilience. The curriculum includes an exploration of professional burnout and how to avoid it
Educator Wellness Skills
For educators who leave work tired and stressed, our trainers are willing to come to the school setting and teach/coach mindfulness to adult staff. Using well-researched mindfulness approaches and contemplative practices across eight, 1.5-hour sessions, educators will learn strategies to reduce stress and improve feelings of well-being. The curriculum includes practice and didactic components and can be used for professional development requirements. Attention is paid to sustainability by providing additional coaching to staff who want to facilitate a continuing practice group.
Chronic Trauma Impacts and Interventions
Most of us know that trauma is bad for the brain and body, but how, exactly, does trauma interfere with student learning and behavior? This workshop translates current trauma research into useable information for educators in the classroom. You will learn how to differentiate between stress and trauma and also how trauma affects working memory, perception, learning and social relationships. Using the trauma lens, we will consider several examples of undesirable student behavior to understand how it may have been shaped by traumatic experiences. Once you understand the impacts of trauma on student learning and behavior, you will have a better idea of how to improve it.
Traumatized youth often show negative or explosive reactions to frustrations that are difficult to anticipate and manage in the classroom. If you've found yourself saying, I didn't see that coming or he just blew up, who knows why. This workshop will help. Through lecture, video and small group discussion, we teach strategies that focus on how to prevent, re-focus and de-escalate behaviors and emotions that are interfering with learning. Educators will leave ready to use these tools in your classroom.