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Trauma-Informed Schools and Adverse Childhood Experiences Training

When you entered education, you thought it would be about lesson plans, curriculum, and seating charts.

You weren’t expecting kids who curse, hit, kick, and scratch other students, and bang their heads on the table when they’re frustrated. Kids who are constantly “in trouble” at school and have difficulty grasping the material being taught.

But sometimes the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, hunger, violence, and suicide lie behind these behaviors. And when you hear the stories of your students pain you’re left feeling blindsided, unprepared, and desperate for guidance on how you can help.

Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, counselor, social worker or anyone who works with students, this program will provide you with the step-by-step direction, tools, and techniques you need to work more capably and comfortably with kids who’ve experienced trauma. The strategies and comprehensive learning supports shared at this event will enable you to create a better school climate, boost academic achievement, and improve school safety while building critical skills in students like self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and an openness to teamwork and cooperation.

Get the trauma-sensitive skills and strategies you need to ensure every student can succeed!

Program Information


  1. Characterize the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood development.
  2. Examine the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences and toxic stress on the escalation cycle and emotional dysregulation.
  3. Establish how emotional check-ins and strategies that encourage choice can create a more psychologically safe classroom.
  4. Communicate how trauma-sensitive practices can be employed to more effectively establish behavioral expectations and build structure and accountability.
  5. Specify how culturally responsive strategies can increase engagement in both students and their families.
  6. Articulate how a trauma-sensitive approach to discipline and corrective action can increase equity and replace reactive “push out” practices.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES): The Hidden Public Health Emergency Affecting Schools

  • The neurological and physiological impacts of toxic stress
  • Trauma’s impact on kids’ development and futures
  • Escalation cycle, toxic stress, and emotional dysregulation
Spot the Warning Signs of Trauma in Students
  • How trauma impairs learning and impacts behavior
  • How fight, flight, freeze looks in the classroom
  • Physical symptoms to watch for
  • Identify the “silent sufferer”

Trauma-Informed Practices for Schools and Classrooms: Establish Safety, Trust, Choice, Collaboration, and Empowerment

5 Ways to Build a Psychologically Safe Classroom

  • Create calming areas in the classroom
  • Build a classroom community
  • Emotional check-ins, worksheets and activities
  • How to offer choices so kids feel in control
  • Schedules and routines that establish safety and normalcy
Challenging Behaviors Intervention Toolbox: Better Outcomes for Overreactive, Aggressive, and Avoidant Students
  • What sets kids off? How to be a trigger detective
  • Check in/check out for structure and accountability
  • Better break interventions for avoidant students
  • Executive functioning skills training for overreactive students
  • Social stories to use when kids aren’t grasping expectations
Culturally Responsive Practices and Techniques: Support Sensitivity and Strengthen the School-Family Alliance
  • Recognize our biases to better support cultural sensitivity
  • Strategies for working with parents who’ve experienced trauma
  • Strengthen the school-family alliance – support with families instead of to families
Trauma-Sensitive Approaches to Discipline and Corrective Action
  • Building resilience – our kids can overcome!
  • Leadership jobs that built competence and connectedness
  • Discipline is a system: preventative, supportive, corrective
  • Alternatives to suspension – keep kids in school and learning
Supports for Educators and Staff Who Experience Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Staff wellness – tap in/tap out
  • Restorative circles for educators

Target Audience

  • General Educators
  • Special Educators
  • School Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • School Counselors
  • School Nurses
  • Directors of Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals

Copyright : 12/18/2019

Trauma, Grief and Loss in the Classroom: Supporting Students When Tragedy of Loss Occurs

  • Understand the impact of death, divorce, tragedy & disaster on a students’ ability to benefit from classroom instruction
  • Strategies to support grieving and traumatized children
  • Immediate techniques to apply when trauma or loss affects your students
  • Long-term, school wide postvention plans
  • Coordinated district-wide interventions

For your students, death, illness, divorce, natural disaster, community violence, or even a move to a new school can result in grief reactions and related trauma. Any of these events can trigger plummeting grades, decreased class participation, negative acting-out behavior, or dropping out of extracurricular activities. Watch this engaging seminar and learn how the intensity and duration of the different stages of child/adolescent grief will manifest in school. Students may break down crying, become emotionally withdrawn, severely depressed, or show extreme mood swings. Dr. Bearoff will show you specific strategies, techniques and interventions to provide the appropriate support to effectively help students dealing with trauma, grief and loss. Whether you are a classroom teacher, a school counselor, an administrator or support staff you will leave this seminar armed with interventions to address grief, tragedy and trauma on an individual level, a classroom level and even a school-wide level.

Program Information

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists and other Helping Professionals who work with Children


  1. Assess the effects that grief and trauma reactions have on grades, class participation, behavior, social interactions, and extracurricular activities.
  2. Determine the stages of grief, and their behavioral, emotional and academic impact, at each developmental stage.
  3. Implement effective in-school one-to-one interventions with a child who has recently experienced the death of a family member.
  4. Consider when you would use classroom versus school-wide interventions.
  5. Explore the effects of major changes, such as moving to a new school, as a significant loss that triggers grief and trauma reactions.
  6. Analyze the most effective community resources and services that parents can access to help their grieving or traumatized child.
  7. Develop long-term, school-wide postvention plans to be implemented following specific losses, tragedies and disasters.


The Universal Experience of Trauma, Grief & Loss

  • Stages of grief: normal progression vs. pathological grieving
  • Commonly held misconceptions of about grieving
  • Types of losses and events that trigger grief & trauma
  • Our personal loss history – how it affects our response to our students

Manifestation of Trauma and Grief in Students

  • Most important ways in which kids reactions differ from adult reactions
  • Childhood trauma and grief: normal vs. abnormal
  • Acute and chronic feelings following loss and trauma
  • Child/adolescent reactions: concrete, black-and-white, tendency to generalize, repetitive, physical, cyclical
  • The effects of trauma and bereavement on school performance and behavior

Interventions for Loss at Each Developmental Stage

  • Behavioral changes and warning signs indicating the need for support
  • Differences between intervention for children and adolescents
  • Case examples

One-to-One In-School Interventions for Trauma, Grief, and Loss

  • The Big Four: death, divorce, illness, and abuse, when and how to intervene
  • Strategies to encourage students to talk about their loss
  • Techniques to validate expression of feelings
  • Tips to confront and overcome irrational fears
  • Individuals’ current and future safety, security

Classroom Wide interventions

  • Impact of an individuals’ loss on the whole classroom: how to help
  • Large-scale tragedies and disasters: how to help
  • Strategies to encourage students to help grieving classmates
  • Answering students’ most frequent questions
  • The impact of a new student on both the student and your classroom
  • Steps to create student support groups

Interventions to Support Students Outside of School

  • Effective strategies to assist parents in helping their children
  • In-school resources to offer parents
  • Connect parents to outside resources for children and themselves

Support for Staff Members

  • Proactive strategies to prepare staff for trauma, grief and loss
  • Interventions and support for teachers following trauma, grief and loss

Postvention Plans for your School and District

  • Immediate short term interventions for your school
  • Coordinate short term interventions with your district
  • Long term, school and district interventions
  • Case examples of established, successful postvention plans

Copyright : 11/14/2017

Self-Harm, Suicide and Depression in the Schools

The school years are fraught with turmoil and strife for kids. In addition to the usual unrest, many of your students will be affected by emotional and/or mental health issues. They may present with dropping grades, decreased class participation and negative acting-out behavior. For some students, these issues escalate into more severe and complex behaviors that cause harm to both themselves and others.

These students often become emotionally withdrawn, exhibit extreme mood swings, become severely depressed and may even resort to self-harm and/or suicide. These issues pose a serious challenge to you and your school.

As an educator, you are in the unique position to identify, help and support these struggling students. This recording will examine the best strategies for identification, prevention and postvention among students with depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how to detect and respond to at-risk students at the individual level, classroom level and school-wide level.

You will learn strategies, techniques and interventions to provide the appropriate support and effectively help students cope. Whether you are a classroom teacher, school counselor/psychologist/social worker, administrator or support staff, you will leave this seminar armed with tools you need to connect with and help students who most need your help.

Program Information


  1. Integrate techniques to build students’ social/emotional skills, thus increasing the likelihood to establish positive relationships.
  2. Recommend effective methods to detect the hidden signs of depression, self-harm & suicide and put to practical use in the schools.
  3. Implement techniques that promote resiliency among all students thus improving their social and academic success.
  4. Explore a collaborative approach to integrate SEL into the curriculum.
  5. Ascertain the underlying reasons for self-harm & suicide in order to improve your connection with the student.
  6. Provide guidelines for notifying and engaging parents.
  7. Specify a suicide intervention team and delineate the role of each member.
  8. Establish best practices for postvention plans in the aftermath of a suicide.


Today’s Mental Health Issues in our Classrooms

  • Prevalence of depression, self-harm and suicide
  • The first line of defense: Role of teacher & school
  • Confidentiality & sharing of information
  • A collaborative approach
Depression: Identify and Reach At-Risk Students
  • Telltale and hidden warning signs
  • Key factors determining susceptibility, vulnerability and recovery
    • Emotional reserve
    • Emotional resiliency
  • Creative strategies to reach at-risk students
    • Sorry 7 & Super 7
    • Activities to enhance connection
    • Techniques to increase engagement
  • Classroom & school-wide accommodations
Self-Harm: Develop a Protocol for Handling the Silent School Epidemic
  • Modes of self-harm: Similarities and differences
  • Understanding the “why” of self-harm
  • Protective factors & risk factors
  • The interconnected role of addiction, self-harm & suicide
  • Approaching and connecting with the student
  • Strategies to support the at-risk student
    • Techniques to engage the disengaged
    • Methods to build coping skills
  • Notifying and engaging the parents
Create a Suicide Crisis Team: Guidelines to Recognize and Respond to Suicidal Behaviors
  • Recognizing the underlying reasons
  • Risk factors: Low/medium/high level of risk
  • Imminent warning signs – the strongest predictors
  • What to do when you suspect or hear of ideation
  • Approaching and connecting with the student
  • Strategies to:
    • Address and respond to ideation
    • Cope with a suicide attempt
    • Mobilize staff
  • Notifying and engaging the parents
  • Is suicide contagious?
Prevention Toolkit: A Guide to Help Prevent Depression, Self-Harm and Suicide
  • The role of Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) in preventing depression, self-harm and suicide
  • A collaborative, strategic approach to integrate SEL into the curriculum
    • Empower students
    • Promote connection
  • Case example: Effective K-12 SEL approach to prevention
After Suicide: Postvention Plans for Schools
  • Short-term strategies
  • Long-term, school-wide interventions
  • Minimizing risk of self-harm & suicide contagion
  • Case example: Successful postvention plans

Target Audience

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Special Education Personnel
  • Principals and Other Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • School Safety Specialists
  • School Resource Officers
  • Other People working with Kids

Copyright : 12/11/2018

Build Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth in Kids & Community: Mindfulness Practices for Therapists, Educators and Families

After months of stressful and often traumatic isolation, our kids and families are returning to yet another “new normal.” So how can we ensure the smoothest adjustment possible? 

Join me, Chris Willard, PsyD, author and expert in mindfulness, to show you the skills and tools our kids and community need to emerge stronger than ever.

By learning and practicing mindfulness, positive psychology, self-regulation, mind-body integration we will….
            Boost cognitive clarity and functioning
            Capitalize on new strengths and skills learned in isolation
            Overcome feelings of helplessness and loss of control
            Rebuild social and emotional intelligence
            And more!

A must watch recording to help our young people and communities restore balance in their lives!  

Program Information


  1. Measure the impact of stress on learning, mental health and behavior in kids.
  2. Implement techniques to boost resilience following isolation.
  3. Integrate playful mindfulness practices to rebuild social and emotional intelligence.


Strengthen physical, psychological and social functioning
Mindful movement and eating practices for physical health
Positive psychology techniques to boost cognitive clarity and functioning
Relational practices to set boundaries and reconnect with peers

Build resilience and post traumatic growth
Connect with existing personal and community strengths to build resilience
Discover ways to overcome feelings of helpless and loss of control
Capitalize on new strengths and skills learned in isolation
Foster self-regulation and cultivate connection through co-regulation
Basic co-regulation exercises for therapists, educators and families
The power of rituals and routines, games and play for co-regulation
Engaging mind and body based self-regulation skills for all ages

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children

Copyright : 06/16/2020

Compassion Fatigue Certification Training for Healthcare, Mental Health and Caring Professionals

Compassion is at the heart of your work, and at the heart of you. But excessive demands on your empathy can leave you feeling worn down, burdened by the suffering of others, and dreading your next day on the job.

This is Compassion Fatigue. It’s more than being overworked, and it’s a threat to the safety of your patients, your own wellbeing, your relationships, and your career.

This program is exactly what you need to regain purpose, fulfillment, and thrive in your profession – whether you’re already experiencing the emotional burnout of Compassion Fatigue, or want to make sure you avoid it.

Best of all, upon completion of this training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of compassion fatigue. Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCFP for details.

If you work in healthcare, mental health, veterinary medicine, rehab or any helping profession this is one training you can’t afford to miss.

Purchase today!‚Äč


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99.99 value)!
  • Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CCFP designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCFP for professional requirements.

Program Information


  1. Analyze the concept of compassion fatigue and establish how it relates to secondary trauma and burnout.
  2. Assess the factors that can contribute to compassion fatigue.
  3. Investigate the role of autonomic nervous system reactions in compassion fatigue.
  4. Apply assessment instruments that can be employed to identify the signs of compassion fatigue in self and others.
  5. Employ evidence-based strategies from mindfulness and mental health treatments to reduce stress and increase well-being.
  6. Demonstrate how organizations can build resiliency in their employees and increase retention.


Compassion Fatigue’s Impact on Professionals, the Workplace, and Caregivers

  • History of compassion fatigue
  • Compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, depression, and burnout
  • Recognize contributing factors
  • Identify how compassion fatigue robs you of your ability to nurture
  • The ethics of self-care – research evidence
Red Flags to Watch for: Signs and Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue
  • The nervous system’s role in CF and its symptomology
  • Assessment instruments for self and others
  • Identify triggers for emotional distress
  • Review your personal/professional history
The Compassion and Empathy Toolkit: How to Maintain Purpose, Fulfillment and Thrive
  • Reset during the workday with strategies to:
    • Restore compassion & clarity
    • Reconnect with the rewards
    • Raise your gratitude quotient
    • Apply your signature strengths in new ways
  • Build competence and compassion by being present
Conquer Burnout with Strategies To: De-Stress, Manage Emotions, Reduce Anxiety, and Stop Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Deep breathing exercises for immediate calm
  • Right here/right now – stay in the moment to reduce anxieties
  • Effective and healthy ways to manage your emotions
  • Change limiting stories about caring for yourself
  • Release the negative – 3 steps to countering negativity bias
Create a Healthy Home/Work Balance
  • Bring calm after work hours with relaxation techniques
  • Restore body & mind with awareness
  • Stop replaying your day – strategies to end rumination
  • How to rewire your brain towards happiness
  • Food as medicine – nutrition tips for enhancing resiliency and wellbeing
Retention and Resiliency Strategies: How Organizations and Individuals Can Build Better Work Environments
  • How cleansing the toxic workplace combats compassion fatigue
  • Manage bullying and blaming
  • Communication strategies for collaborative relationships
  • Stair-steps towards building resilient practitioners
  • Empowering leadership for change

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Floor Directors and Managers
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • CNAs
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technicians
  • Veterinary Practice Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical Supervisors
  • Educators
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Others in Caring Professions

Copyright : 07/14/2022