Workshops – Session 6 – Tuesday, Feb 19 – 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Below are the workshops that will be available during Session 6 of the 2019 CTSS Conference. Descriptions and more information are available on our conference app at: https://creatingtssconference.pathable.com/
Last update: January 20, 2019
6B Title: Shifting the Mindset at Chanute Elementary School
This workshop will walk you through the process that Chanute Elementary School in Chanute, Kansas has taken in one year to work towards becoming a trauma-informed school. Throughout the presentation, the presenters will share successful activities they have completed during this process. They will also make you aware of some activities that you may want to avoid and/or complete a different way as you work towards becoming trauma informed. Participants who attend this workshop should leave with some ideas as to how they might begin the process of moving their school towards becoming trauma-informed.
Eric Hoops, M.Ed., Noel Shinkle & Chelsea Kropp
Chanute Elementary School
6C. Challenges and Opportunities: Why Poverty Matters and How You Can Matter More
Are your under-resourced students failing to scratch the surface of their potential? Do they sometimes seem hopeless, disengaged, or unmotivated? Learn why this may be happening and which budget-neutral teacher and school moves matter most. Take away a model for implementation of research-based and high-yield strategies. Learn how to reframe the challenges faced in high-poverty schools as opportunities for changing the futures for under-resourced (and ALL!) students.
Tammy Pawloski, Ph.D.
Francis Marion University
6D. Strategies for Re-Opening Schools Following a Natural or Human Disaster
When disaster strikes – whether natural or human – what’s the strategy for handling the school closing, re-opening and the needs of the students, teachers and community? This workshop will explore how to handle a Big T Trauma event that involves the whole community. Through hands-on activities, attendees will gain concrete, take-away strategies that can be deployed in their own locations. Some attention will be paid to the self-care of the care providers, key in any situation involving the reopening of a school. Finally, there will be engagement on critical questions that tend to rise to the surface in the presence of trauma, such as ”How do we handle guilt?” and “How do we move on?”
Karen Gross, JD, PFA-Certified
6E Techniques for Culturally Sensitive Trauma Informed Teaching
Culturally sensitive trauma informed instruction represents a holistic approach to shaping a school’s culture, practices, and policies to be sensitive to the experiences and needs of traumatized students with different cultural background. A core assumption of this approach is that students’ behavioral expressions are a cumulative result of their experiences. This workshop will emphasize the primacy of social interactions as an influential forces in the teaching/learning process. Consequently, as we share very specific trauma informed instruction strategies for exerting positive power and influence in schools, steps will be taken to integrate diversity and cultural sensitivity into the presentation. The presenters will negotiate the delicate path of providing concrete and specific advice, while respecting individual differences among participants.
Waganesh Zeleke, Ed.D., LCPC, NCC & Tammy Hughes, Ed.D., LCPC
6F. Building Resilience in Young Children: Practical Strategies for Trauma-Sensitive Early Childhood Classrooms
This interactive workshop will introduce the attendees to Sunshine Circles, a form of group Theraplay, ® designed for delivery by classroom teachers and school-based mental-health providers in preschool or school settings. The basic assumption of SC is that healthy development is predicated on healthy early relationships; in order to be effective, any intervention must harness the power of safety, attachment relationships and co-regulation. Theraplay is included in SAMSHA as an evidence-based intervention for prevention and treatment of a variety of mental health concerns including both internalizing and externalizing concerns. Using video and live demonstrations, participants will understand the principles and techniques of therapeutic play. Playgroup protocols, sample lesson plans and a list of games and activities will be provided.
Catherine Tucker, Ph.D. & Kay Schieffer, MA, M.Ed.
The Theraplay Institute
Terre Haute, IN
6H. Creating a Trauma Informed Campus 101
This workshop will offer our experience in creating a TIC committee on a college campus, challenges faced, success in collecting data, and providing trainings to faculty and staff. Discussion on the importance of having a multidisciplinary committee, creating electronic resources that are easily accessible, and balancing the workload of the committee with preexisting job duties is pertinent for a TIC committee to thrive. Examples will be given on the impact of utilizing local statistics and collaborating with community resources to increase relevancy for educators and administrators applicable for all campus communities.
Alix MacDonald & Roxanne Eberhardt, MS, LMFT
California State University, Chico
6I. Compassion Resilience and Self-Care: A Parallel Process for Students and Staff
This session will explore the possible effects of working with students impacted by trauma. Risk factors for staff as well as positive and negative coping responses to trauma will be identified. Attendees will participate in assessment and reflection activities that will support the development of a personal self-care plan. The concept of compassion resilience as it applies to the educational system and individual well-being will be discussed. Participants will leave with a list of resources and activities to use in their districts to increase their level of compassion and resilience.
Pamela Black, M.Ed.
Trauma Sensitive Education, LLC and External Consultant for the National Council for Behavioral Health
Self-Care and Advanced
6J. – The Principal Principle of Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Join veteran administrator and trauma-informed principal, Ralph Rothacker as he shares with you the wisdom he’s gained from transforming a school for adolescent girls that are considered by the public school system as “hard to place” into a thriving trauma-informed place of learning. During this lecture/discussion session, participants will learn about the critical paradigm shifts school leaders must embrace to begin the transformation towards creating a Trauma-Sensitive School. Additionally, Ralph will walk you through the ten initial steps (action plan) you should take to begin the process.
Ralph Rothacker, Principal
St. Anne’s School