The global pandemic forcing us all into social isolation, followed by nationwide protests over racial injustices faced in our country have led to trauma, to some extent, for every student and most likely for most educators. Some of the effects of that trauma are already starting to be observed from behavioral changes to medical symptoms. Emerging studies are finding post traumatic symptoms in children, with disadvantaged children suffering to a much higher degree. Whether from just the typical fear of the virus for themselves and loved ones, to higher incidents of abuse, to a form of grief from loss of social contacts, routines, and regular education, current crises have affected students in many different ways.. Then there are the many unknown traumas being caused by food insecurity, parental unemployment, not having access to mental health services, and long term stress.
This PD workshop will start with a focus on educator-self care and adult SEL, enabling participants to leave with a good plan to stick to a self-care regime. A TEAMologist will then review research and statistics on the effects of trauma, in general, while looking at current events more in depth. Typical ways trauma presents itself will be discussed and how SEL approaches to creating a safe, welcoming environment can help all students will be shared.
*Understand the need for a trauma informed approach to education for all students
*Learn both common and uncommon ways trauma presents itself in students
*Recognize and understand the importance of their own social and emotional skills and how to make make self-care a priority
*Learn trauma informed approaches, rooted in SEL, that focus on relationships and team building