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CO Trauma-Informed Compassionate Classrooms

Sarah Kirk, PhD
8 Hours
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As an educator, you are faced with the challenge of meeting the social and emotional needs of ALL your students.

This can be challenging enough with typical learners, not to mention those who have experienced trauma or mental health challenges. These kids may present with outwardly aggressive and irritable behaviors which requires more of your time and attention.

Despite the amount of time you invest in behavior charts or incentives for good behavior, traditional behavioral approaches to classroom management and a punitive approach to discipline simply are not effective.

Join Dr. Sarah Kirk and learn how a trauma-informed approach will greatly reduce challenging behavior, improve student engagement and increase learning outcomes. Leave this seminar with new strategies, tools and resources to reduce students’ impulsiveness, aggressive behaviors and inattention and increase their focus, attention and compassion. While this positive approach is absolutely essential for students with trauma, it will also greatly benefit each and every student in your classroom. Return to your school with:

  • Research-based practices to establish a trauma-informed classroom
  • A plan to develop positive relationships and build trust with your hard-to-reach students
  • Proven techniques for communicating more effectively and collaboratively with challenging students
  • Cognitive skill-building strategies which incorporate the science of neuroplasticity and the strengths-based perspective of neurodiversity


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - *

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate. For the in-person event, after attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will need to log into their online account to complete the online evaluation (and, if applicable for your profession, the online post-test with 80% passing score). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others. After completion of the evaluation (and post-test, if applicable), participants can download/print their certificate of completion. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance will be available in the attendee online account after completion of the evaluation and online post-test (if the test is required for your profession). An adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be sent within 30 days (if your board allows).

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, in-person event only. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - ---

Earn up to 6.25 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Counselors - Colorado Counselors

Professional development hours (PDH) are available. This live professional development activity consists of 6.25 PDH in the Coursework category. It is designed to meet the requirements of the Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners. Licensees can accrue up to 20 PDH in the Coursework category during each renewal cycle. Please save the certificate of completion in case it is requested by the board.

Counselors - Counselors

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Social Workers - Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2023 - January 27, 2026. Social workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical continuing education credits.


Course Level: Intermediate Format: In-person.  Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.

Social Workers - Colorado Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 6.3 continuing education hours. 

COLORADO PARTICIPANTS ONLY: If you did not answer YES to be reported to the Colorado Chapter of the NASW on the evaluation, please contact and provide the full title of the webcast, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.


This course is designed to qualify towards your professional development requirement. The course is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc.  is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider # 3322. This live activity is offered at .6  CEUs Intermediate, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. 


Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

Intermediate Level



** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 380 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Sarah Kirk, PhD's Profile

Sarah Kirk, PhD Related seminars and products

Dr. Sarah Kirk, is a national board-certified counselor and the owner and CEO of Yoga 4 Classrooms. Sarah provides training and consultation on a variety of topics, including comprehensive school counseling, trauma-informed practices, tiered supports for students, and mindfulness in schools. She has presented at local and national conferences across the United States. Previously, she was the school counselor specialist at the Oklahoma State Department of Education for three years, where she created an ASCA-aligned statewide comprehensive school counseling framework. She was a school counselor specialist at the Oklahoma State Department of Education for three years, where she created an ASCA-aligned statewide comprehensive school counseling framework. She was a school counselor and school counseling leader for over a decade. Sarah served on the Board of Directors for ASCA until 2022. In 2019, her school counseling program became a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). Sarah was Oklahoma’s 2018 School Counselor of the Year and a 2019 National School Counselor of the Year finalist. Sarah is an advocate for the professional and is passionate about equity and access to whole-child support for all students.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sarah Kirk Stephens is the owner and CEO of Yoga 4 Classrooms, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sarah Kirk Stephens is a member of the American School Counselor Association and the Oklahoma School Counseling Association.


Alternate Dates

CO Trauma-Informed Compassionate Classrooms
Fri, Mar 01, 2024 - 08:00am to 04:00pm MST - Product Code LIP059500
Denver, Colorado

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Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.

Timeline for Completion

Please complete the CE quiz and/or evaluation within one week after the event.


Trauma in Students: What to Look For
  • Fight, flight or freeze responses: How it manifests in school
  • Wired for fear: Impact on the whole child
  • ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences study and survey
  • The role of poverty and mental health challenges
Trauma Therapy
  • Benefits
  • Limitations of the Research
  • Potential Risks
Discipline in a Trauma-Informed Classroom
  • Changing your mindset: Punitive vs. collaborative
  • Strategies to foster intrinsic motivation
  • 3 steps to implement a collaborative approach
  • Case study: How you respond
Neuroplasticity: Activities to Establish & Strengthen Neural Pathways
  • Strategies to develop new ways of responding
    • Slow down, stop and think
    • Respond rather than react
    • Social stories
  • Techniques to incorporate the 4 R’s:
    • Rhythmic
    • Repetitive
    • Relational
    • Rewarding
  • Relationships as a Protective Factor
    • Techniques to form positive relationships and increase students’ likeliness to:
      • Stay in school longer
      • Work harder
      • Increase test scores & grades
      • Increase their self-confidence
    • Techniques to help students feel connected to school making them less likely to:
      • Smoke or drink
      • Have sexual intercourse
      • Develop emotional problems
      • Experience suicidal thoughts or attempts
      • Carry weapons
      • Be involved in violence or dangerous activities
    • Case study: Strengths-based, solution-focused approach
    Mindfulness and Self-Awareness Activities To:
    • Help with transitions
    • Reduce impulsive behaviors
    • Strengthen empathy, kindness and compassion
    • Calm and focus attention
    Social and Emotional Learning Techniques to Increase:
    • Focus and concentration
    • Impulse control
    • Conflict resolution skills
    Mindful Communication tools to Improve Student Engagement
    • Lead with presence
    • Attention
    • Intention
    Mindful Strategies to Increase Connection, Empathy & Community
    • Gratitude
    • Heartfulness
    Zones to Regulation to Teach Self-Awareness & Emotional Control
    • Red zone
    • Yellow zone
    • Green zone
    • Blue zone


Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
  1. Analyze the ways in which poverty and mental health contribute to trauma responses thus informing your approach to working with all students.
  2. Determine how trauma impacts a child’s development and develop strategies for meeting his or her needs.
  3. Explore how exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) determines the likelihood of developmental trauma and its impact on level of functioning across the lifespan.
  4. Establish a collaborative approach to discipline and demonstrate how this fosters intrinsic motivation for behavior change in the child.
  5. Practice techniques to establish positive relationships and build trust with hard-to-reach students thus increasing their social and academic success.
  6. Explore mindfulness activities that foster student self-awareness, self-regulation and the ability to focus as it relates to impulsive behaviors and attention.

Target Audience

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



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