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Seminar Detail

Trauma Informed Compassionate Classrooms: Strategies to Reduce Challenging Behavior, Improve Learning Outcomes and Increase Student Engagement

Where:
WINCHESTER, VA
When:
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

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 but it is even more difficult with those who have experienced trauma or have mental health challenges. Students who have experienced trauma often present as difficult to engage and display problematic behavior such as a low frustration tolerance, angry outbursts or difficult social relationships. These behaviors all get in the way of teaching and learning. When a student has experienced trauma, he/she often spends much of the day in fight/flight/freeze mode which limits their capacity to learn. Their outwardly aggressive and irritable behaviors also disrupt the flow in the classroom, requiring 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. Bashant 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
  • Prove 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
Objectives:

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 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 behavior and attention.
OUTLINE

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 of Regulation to Teach Self-Awareness & Emotional Control
  • Red zone
  • Yellow zone
  • Green zone
  • Blue zone
Target Audience

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

JENNIFER BASHANT, PH.D, LMSW, MA

Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D., LMSW, MA, is a sought-after presenter on the topics of mental health, trauma, restorative justice and mindfulness in schools. As a licensed clinical social worker with experience in a variety of clinical settings, Jennifer shares her clinical knowledge and expertise with educators in a way that is both practical and relevant.

Dr. Bashant started her own business, Building Better Futures, LLC, through which she extends her work with children exhibiting challenging behavior. She is an educational consultant in New York State, where she provides training and embedded coaching to educators regarding the most behaviorally challenging students. Her approach is trauma-sensitive and strengths-based, and she seeks to foster collaborative relationships between educators and students as they work together as partners in learning.

Jennifer has been trained in Collaborative Problem Solving, Restorative Justice and the Mindful Schools curriculum for K-12 students. As a certified DiSC Leadership and Work Style Trainer, Jennifer also trains teachers about how to communicate more effectively.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Bashant is the owner of Building Better Futures, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jennifer Bashant has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. 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 professions standards.

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Counselors
This intermediate 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.

Pennsylvania Counselors: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

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Educators/Teachers
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Pennsylvania Educators & School Personnel: 6.5 ACT 48 Hours will be made available through Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU)for location in Hagerstown, MD on February 19, 2020. Those requesting ACT 48 Hours will be required to sign in and provide their Pennsylvania Certification Number and will receive instructions at the seminar on how to create a free online account with CAIU; only those individuals who have a CAIU online account are eligible to receive ACT 48 Hours.


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
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Pennsylvania Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PSY000211. PESI maintains responsibility for the program(s). This program qualifies for 6.25 continuing education hours.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Speech-Language Pathologists
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Social Workers (NASW)
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886759332-7764 ) for 6.0 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

Pennsylvania Social Workers: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

West Virginia Social Workers: The West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners can only approve programs held in the state of West Virginia. This course does not qualify for West Virginia social work credits. You will still receive a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar to retain for your records.


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