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Trauma Informed Practice: Fostering Resilient Learners with Presenter Kristin Souers 4/17/2018

  • 04/17/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Charter Oak USD, Royal Oak Middle School Library, 303 Glendora Ave., Covina, CA 91724


  • *Includes 1 year CASCD Membership
  • California ASCD Member Only
  • Price per person

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California ASCD and Charter Oak Unified School District present:

4/17/18 Trauma Informed Practice:  

Fostering Resilient Learners


  with Presenter Kristin Souers, MA LMHC

One day of training and consultation with a team of educators on how to support students and staff at the whole group, small group and individual basis (i.e., Tiers 1, 2 and 3).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hosted by: Charter Oak Unified School District
Location: Royal Oak Middle School Library, 303 Glendora Ave.,  CA  91724
8:30 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.  

Workshop Description: 

Trauma is real, and it is more prevalent than we might believe.  In this engaging, relevant, and practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers (lead author of "Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom") about the importance of trauma informed practices in the school setting.  Participants will be introduced to and provided with opportunities to reflect on information centered around the role that trauma plays in the school environment; the importance of self-awareness and regulation and strategies to support these in the school setting; the power of relationships and the role they play in the establishment and maintenance of school safety; and the importance of self-care and the need for the professionals to have tools and strategies to support their own health.  This professional development experience will emphasize strength-based approaches to use with students, families, fellow faculty, school personnel, and community members.   

 Intended Professional Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will deepen their understanding of the prevalence of childhood trauma and the impact of trauma and toxic stress on learning and development.
  • Participants will explore multiple strategies for education staff and community members to utilize with children with (known and unknown) trauma histories—helping to sustain learning-ready states.
  • Participants will collaborate to identify best practices associated with trauma-informed care that they can implement into their workplace settings.
  • Participants will reflect on how this information impacts their role and their overall health, collecting several suggestions for self-care and self-awareness.  

Discussion Topics: 

  • What Does It Mean to be Trauma Informed?
  • Impact of Trauma on Learning and Graduation Rate
  • Strategies for Staff and Community
  • Self-Care and Awareness
  • Best Practice
Comments from her 10/30/17 workshop hosted by Tulare COE in Visalia:
  • Great Presenter and so knowledgeable! Extremely enthusiastic!  Presenter was awesome!
  • She provided practical advice for the classroom - illustrated the upstairs and downstairs brain. A deeper understanding of what it means to be trauma informed and understanding difficult students
  • She presented the 3 R's, videos and finding the base line and good content.  Helpful and great explanation and ideas on how and why to reconnect with students
  • Great strategies to help students self-regulate
  • The validation of the importance of creating safe learning environments while meeting the needs of our students with trauma
  • Understanding behaviors as attempts to solve a problem that becomes the basis of empowerment. Very positive view on teaching behavior
  • Kristin is a fabulous presenter, she is the real deal-EVERY educator should have the privilege of hearing Kristin’s message to support all students

Workshop Presenter:                     

Kristin Souers, MA LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington.  She is an assistant director at Washington State University’s Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) in the CLEAR Trauma Center.  Kristin also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Masters of Counseling Psychology Program at Gonzaga University.  She is an expert in understanding the impact of trauma on individuals and families and has provided consultation and training on this topic to education and human services systems for more than 20 years.  She is the Co-Author of the ASCD Publication “Fostering Resilient Learners:  Strategies for Creating A Trauma-Sensitive Classroom”.                                                            

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