Workshops – Session 8 – Tuesday, Feb 19 – 3:15 – 4:30 pm
Below are the workshops that will be available during Session 8 of the 2019 CTSS Conference. Descriptions and more information will be available on the 2019 CTSS app in early December.
8B. Caring for the Caregiver: Avoiding Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue with Mindfulness .
Those who work in an environment and are engaged with children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences are at risk of developing Vicarious Trauma (VT) and Compassion Fatigue (CF), which can have devastating effects on the caregiver and may reach into both professional and personal lives. Educators, counselors, foster parents, or anyone who works with people who experience trauma, may struggle with distressing feelings, shock, or grief. As the movement of Trauma Sensitive Care moves forward, it is critical for those charged with supporting students with compassion, to be aware of what VT and CF is, know the signs and symptoms of both, create a plan of action through Self-Assessments, Mindfulness, self-care tips to create a personal practice, after-school mindfulness based program, and life of Compassion Satisfaction.
Wendy DeGraffenried, BSN, RN, NCSN, NLP
Path of the Heart, Inc
8D. How Intersectionality Impacts Developmental Trauma:
This workshop will explore the issues of poverty, racism, classism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and other forms of oppression impact our students’ ability to freely learn, grow, and develop in a nurturing, trauma-responsive environment. It will address how all of these types of oppression are interconnected and can’t effectively be addressed on their own. Both the neurobiology of the brain, as well as the adverse experiences that intersectionality creates will be utilized as a framework upon which to have this interactive exploration.
Marcy Witherspoon, MSW, LSW
Health Federation of Philadelphia
8G. Seasonal Model as an innovative tool to support vulnerable children and their educators.
The Seasonal Model is an Australian innovation that synthesizes a number of effective approaches to processing trauma. Supported by the deep and ancient ways that Aboriginal communities used to heal the impact of trauma, the Seasonal Model has been developed and applied in preschools; schools; mothers groups and prisons for over ten years. In this workshop you will be invited into an experiential interaction where you will have an opportunity to make art and to witness firsthand how the model works. We will share the theoretical underpinnings so that there are clear reference points for the experiential learning.
Shiri Hergass, MSW & Andrea Bloom, MAT
Pagewood, Sydney, Australia
8H. An Overview of the SITCAP Model and Programs-Interventions That Work
The SITCAP (Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents) model was developed by Dr. William Steele of The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. It is based on the neuroscientific discovery that trauma memories are stored in the sensory brain where there is no language. The SITCAP model is research-based and uses drawing as a primary therapeutic activity. This session will provide an overview of the SITCAP model as well as the programs that incorporate it. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience exercises included in the programs and will learn how specific programs might be utilized in school and agency settings.
Kimberly Hodges, Ed.S.
Hodges Consulting, LLC
8I Addressing Secondary Trauma
Coping with the effects of others’ trauma can be draining and can have lasting negative effects. It is not uncommon for educators who deal with traumatized children to develop their own symptoms of traumatic stress. This is known as secondary traumatic stress.
In order to best serve their students and maintain their own health, educators must be alert to the signs of secondary traumatic stress in themselves and their coworkers. Participants will learn about successful self-care strategies, for the work and home environment and create a plan for self-care. Finally, this workshop will offer suggestions how organizations can promote a healthy work environment.
Tanya Sanderfoot, Ed.D.
Barlow Park/Journey Charter
8J. C.L.I.M.B.I.N.G. Out of the Suspension Cycle
Schools becoming trauma-sensitive are always balancing student needs with accountability. Research shows that the effects of out-of-school suspensions are adverse and ineffective. So what other options does a school have? How do we keep our most at-risk students at school, while ensuring the safety and appropriate learning environment for others?
This session will explain one school’s solution to minimizing out-of-school suspensions, balancing disproportionality, and improving student behavior through the use of proactive strategies, and the implementation of an alternative-to- suspension program.
Mayflower Mill Elementary
New Richmond, IN