2022 SYMPOSIUM PRESENTER SPOTLIGHT

Jenn Alexander

The Trauma-Informed Classroom

The changes, stress, grief, and trauma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and other events have impacted everyone at school, although in different ways. High stress for youth, families, and educators is common. While vaccines and treatment options have improved health outcomes, the virus has continued to bring layers of change, uncertainty, illness, and death. School faculty, community partners, and caregivers have been navigating these stressful shifts for a long time already and will be tending to youth and adult stress responses well into the future too.

In this session, Ms. Jen will help educators reflect on how recent events are continuing to impact themselves and others in their school communities. This will be accomplished through use of a creative activity that can be replicated in the classroom with various age groups. Next, Jen will summarize research related to posstraumatic growth and teach participants what they can do to foster recovery and posttraumatic growth in their learning environments (both now and later).

Come to this session to learn how every educator can help soothe stress responses at school in trauma-informed ways. Leave with practical ideas for youth in grades PreK-12+ that will help everyone take good care of themselves and others in safe, relational, and meaningful ways.

As an experienced educator, trauma expert, author, and professional development facilitator, Jen Alexander believes that trauma-sensitive educators 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.

Her books include the bestseller “Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools” and “Supporting Students and Staff After COVID-19.”

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In this presentation attendees will learn about the foundational history of attachment research, develop a better understand attachment styles in both children and adults and outcomes related to each style, how the brain’s development is contingent on the quality of care a child receives, and interventions that promote a more secure attachment style in children.

We are here not only for you to learn how to support a child or teen who is struggling, but also learn concrete tools and strategies to help YOU when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Mental health is a family affair, and ensuring caregivers  are also thriving is of the utmost importance.

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