Diving Deep: Trauma-Informed Practice

Included in this strand are topics that focus on how trauma-informed practice can improve opportunities for success for our most vulnerable children and families. Interactive sessions will offer strategies and tools applicable in all settings where children live and learn.

Building Strong Brains

Sarah Oaks, Coalition for Kids, Inc.

This presentation will explore how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) harm the developing brain and bodies of children. Understanding the ACE research deepens professional knowledge across sectors and creates a common language for collectively addressing community challenges. Join us as we explore the dynamic micro and macro approaches to building resilience in children and communities to support positive outcomes to benefit everyone.

Grades K-12

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Diving Deep: Trauma Informed Reading Strategies to Support Children

Colleen Lelli, Cabrini University

Trauma changes the brain and affects learning. Participants will be provided literacy-based strategies that can be used with PreK-6 children. Key pieces of literature that can be used to support students of trauma and to help build grit and resilience will be presented. These strategies foster learning and help children who are struggling to learn process information.

Grades PreK-6

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Healing Intergenerational Trauma through Family Support and Engagement

Steve Thorpe, Reading Roadmap

Learn about and experience Reading Roadmap’s Literacy Integrated Family Engagement program, or LIFE, a powerful research-based family support program that integrates positive psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness, attachment theory, trauma informed care, and the latest research on emotional intelligence and leave with skills to help families build stronger relationships.

Grades K-3

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How Are You Wired? Teaching Techniques and Brain-based Learning

Gale Gorke, Kids Kan, Inc.

In this interactive session, participants will learn how to teach using effective strategies in motivation, content structure, and active learning principles. Find out how the biological differences in the way the brain functions can help in understanding the diversity that is human. Understand how brain maturation relates to behavior and learning and how gender plays a role in brain preference. Discover how to recognize innate giftedness in yourself and others. Join us and learn how to be more productive in reaching and teaching both students and staff, including those who have high ACEs scores and have been affected by trauma.

Grades K-12

#howareyouwired

Meeting the Needs of Each Student: A Tiered Approach to Intervention

Joseph Fantigrossi, Lyons Central School District

Do you systematically address the needs of your students? Using the lens of a trauma-informed approach, attendees will take away the foundational tenets of a successful Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) model and hear about how a consortium of districts in New York align their out-of-school time programming with identified student needs. Participants will learn how to support students using the ARC Framework (attachment, regulation, and competency) along with various resilience strategies.

Grades K-12

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SafeSpace: Creating a Culture Responsive to the Needs of Students and Families

Jeffers Brown and Kenyatta Livingston, Stubbs Elementary School

Studies now show that nearly every school has children who have been exposed to overwhelming experiences and trauma. A trauma-informed school realizes the impact of trauma, recognizes the signs, and responds. Join us to learn how one school introduced an intervention program in its afterschool programs that led to embedding trauma-informed practices into the culture to continuously meet the needs of students, their families, and the community.

Grades K-5

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Self-Care for Those Who Care About Others

Kenneth Ginsburg, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Caring professionals can only care for others if they look out for their own well-being with the same commitment they have to care for others. Professional success is about serving others over a lifetime of practice. We can only achieve that success if we put into place strategies to prevent our own burnout. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of the critical importance of self-boundaried connection to trauma-informed care while considering factors that lead to burnout. Participants will reflect on the immeasurable importance of self-care as a strategy to care for others and to promote professional longevity.

Grades K-12

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Storytelling and Arts-Based Interventions: Promoting Psychosocial Well-Being and Resiliency After Adverse Experiences

Paloma Torres-Dávila, Yesenia Méndez, and Lili Sardiñas, Municipal Alliance for Education

Helping kids deal through adverse experiences, from family troubles to natural disasters, can be quite the challenge! Through this interactive workshop, a psychosocial team will share creative storytelling and arts-based intervention tools used in trauma-informed practices with high-risk youth to promote resilience after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Grades K-12

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Strength-Based Communications – a Deeper Dive

Kenneth Ginsburg, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

This workshop will build upon topics touched on in the morning keynote. It will develop two of the key strategies discussed earlier: Strategies to Restore Decision Making Control, and Building a Repertoire of Coping Strategies. Participants will become familiar with a stress management strategy that is designed to move youth away from self-destructive quick fixes and towards positive behaviors, and a strategy to facilitate decision making in youth.

Grades 6-12

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Trauma Stewardship for Providers

Sarita Sashington, Be Strong Families

Other people’s trauma impacts our well-being, whether the other people are our friends, clients, or students. Learning how vicarious trauma affects us is the first step to improving our well-being and ability to sustain positive relationships. This workshop offers tools for increasing staff awareness, skills, and tools for understanding how to best respond when trauma or trauma history is in play.

Grades 9-12

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