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Professional Learning Series (PLS)


Educators (K-12)

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This training explores how a child’s early experiences, positive and negative, impact early brain development. These impacts include one's capacity to learn and navigate the school environment. Only by understanding the interaction between brain architecture and trauma can we comprehend how it affects a child’s life as well as those that interact with the child. This training provides evidence-based research and strategies to assist educators in their journey towards becoming trauma responsive and safe adults for all students.  The curriculum incorporates research and information from trauma experts Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Robert Anda, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. E. Tronick, Dr. Daniel Siegel as well as education experts Heather Forbes, LCSW, and Jim Sporleder. All of which is presented in an easy to understand, interactive and user-friendly format.

Course Overview

Impact of Trauma on Education

  • Definition of ACEs and trauma

  • Types of trauma trauma

  • Significant findings of the ACE study.

  • Impact of trauma on the brain / developmental domains

  • Stress response: Red flags of stress, triggers

Trauma-Informed Practices: Application of science to classroom strategies

  • Safety in the school environment

  • Trauma language and behaviors

  •  Relationships

  •  Self-regulation - Coregulation

  •  Discipline 


Format: Live, on-site, or online course

Duration: Three sessions of two hours each (customizable)

Certificate of Training: Yes

Prerequisite: None

Who Should Attend: Individuals working in K-12 education to include teachers, administrators, counselors and others in the school system.

This course is designed primarily for individual schools and school districts. The curriculum is customizable to meet the needs of each institution.

We are happy to share references from school districts we have worked with.

Contact us to arrange on-site or online training for your staff.

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