Building Trauma Sensitive Schools Level 1

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Building Trauma Sensitive Schools Level 1

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Facilitator(s): Jen Alexander
Date:March 12, 2021
Time:9:30 am to 4:30 pm MDT
$65.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Course code: 21-MH-110-CARC

Target Audience


About this learning opportunity

“Building Trauma Sensitive Schools” is a two-level training grounded in neuroscience and focused on practical suggestions for helping educators, counselors, administrators, as well as other helpers create safe, supportive school environments that utilize a multi-tiered system of support to meet the needs of all learners, including youth who have experienced trauma.

In this two-part training, participants will gain an understanding of how childhood trauma impacts attendance, behavior, and academic achievement in every single classroom, every day.

Teams also learn how to work with colleagues to care for their own well-being as well as help all students in both preventive and responsive ways. This includes an emphasis on developing trauma-sensitive discipline practices as well as action plans that prioritize high levels of learning through a commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice for all people.

This training aims to help teams improve school culture, support the development of social and emotional learning competencies, improve academic skills, and foster freedom.

Level I: Exploring What Works & Why (March 12, 2021 | 8:30am-4:30pm)
In this 1-day seminar, Jen Alexander will introduce you and your team to all the basics you need to know, including what trauma is, how it affects children, and what educators can do to mitigate these effects so that every student feels safe and ready to learn.

• Make five key shifts in the way you view and approach students, so that you’re better equipped to support them.
• Work together to prioritize resilience by actively putting relationships first in your school.
• Implement universal instructional strategies that foster safety, connection, regulation, and learning for all students.
• Use special supports, supplemental instruction, and coaching when universal strategies aren’t enough.
• Collaborate effectively with families and colleagues to meet each student’s needs.
• Incorporate restorative discipline practices that focus on restitution, not retribution.
• Create a personalized self-care plan to promote wellness and reduce the effects of job-related stress.

This session is being offered on a cost recovery basis.

About the facilitator(s)

Jen believes we can make a positive difference in the lives of students, one relationship at a time. That’s why she’s a passionate leader in the movement to build trauma-sensitive schools. Known by children and adults alike as “Ms. Jen,” she loves helping kids—and giving others the tools and strategies, that they need to help kids, too.

As a former special education teacher and school counselor, Ms. Jen has more than 15 years experience supporting young people and the educators who serve them. As an engaging teacher trainer, trauma expert, and the author of Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Your Guide to Creating Safe, Supportive Learning Environments for All Students, Ms. Jen shows fellow educators what works and why when it comes to building trauma-sensitive environments. Within minutes of working with her in professional development or consultation sessions, educators know they are learning from someone who understands the real struggles of everyday teaching and learning. Those same educators leave believing that change benefiting entire school communities is possible, and they are are ready to work together to make it happen.

Ms. Jen holds degrees in psychology and special education teaching as well as a master’s degree in professional school counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. She is also a nationally certified counselor and registered school-based play therapist. Ms. Jen enjoys writing along with reading, gardening, and swimming as well as spending time with loved ones, friends, and her cocker spaniel Macy.