The Covid-19 pandemic is worsening existing mental health problems. This constant emotional imbalance leads to an explosion of mental health needs among children and adolescents because of the unique combination of the public health crisis, social isolation, and economic recession. Importantly, mental health and academic achievement are linked, research shows.
Trauma is not limited to students. The education community is coming to the realization that teachers often carry their own trauma stressors and are prone to second-hand trauma. The essential act of listening to trauma stories may take an emotional toll that compromises professional functioning and diminishes quality of life. Individual and supervisory awareness of the effects of this indirect trauma exposure is a basic part of protecting the health of staff and ensuring that children consistently receive the best possible care from those who are committed to helping them. Educators are stewards not just of those who allow them into their lives but of their own capacity to be helpful.
Importantly, trauma is known to weaken the culture of an organization. As Bloom wrote, “Just as the encroachment of trauma into the life of an individual client is an insidious process that turns the past into a nightmare, the present into a repetitive cycle of reenactment, and the future into a terminal illness, so too chronic strain insidiously impacts an organization.” (p.139)(Bloom 2010).
Trauma-informed practices benefit everyone, especially in these times of chronic stress. Please join us for this important session to deepen the practices of trauma-informed educators, a necessary step to building learning environments where students and educators can feel safe, supported, connected and empowered.
We will share, explore, discuss, practice and apply:
- Define and observe different types of trauma
- Note the effects of trauma/chronic stress on the mind and body
- Whole school approaches to Trauma
- Use SEL practices to respond to Trauma skillfully
- Recognize and plan for emotional triggers in both self and others
Audience: All Grade PK-12 Educators
Instructor: Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President, dynamic presenter and author.
Delivery Format: Virtual
Date/Times: October 6, 2022; 9am-12pm (EST)
The TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Learning Series:
Ensuring Safe, Healthy and Equitable Learning Spaces
The past two years have dramatically changed all aspects of our lives. We are more keenly aware than ever that our classrooms are integral to the health and well-being of our communities. These events have brought into sharp focus that the future of education lies at the recursive intersection of Trauma - inclusive of ACEs & Chronic Stress; Social Emotional Learning (SEL); and Equity & Social Justice.
To be clear, the approaches in SEL support and help heal those with the ACEs that contribute to Trauma. However, SEL is only successful in systems where Equity is valued and present. Equity is only possible when compassionate members of the system check their power, privilege and implicit bias, which is accomplished through the SEL competencies and sub-competencies. As educators, we tend to believe that all humans deserve to thrive socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We have the power to make the world - specifically our learning spaces - a better place - what would you like to do? What would you like to try?
The 2022-2023 TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Development Series enhances your ability to turn your desires into reality. We think of our SEL Series as an integrated roadmap to create and maintain learning spaces where students feel - and - are safe, connected, supported and challenged. Each session contains the recursive threads of SEL, Equity and Healing Informed practices for Trauma. Take one, take two or take them all. Think of them as the vessel to hasten your journey to become the educator you are in your heart of hearts.
All of our TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Development Series programs are led by Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President dynamic presenter and author.
Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check to TMI Education, LLC. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education – PLC Division at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email the TMI PLC at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website event page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:
- a full refund;
- transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
- credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)
Video-Recorded Virtual (Zoom) Sessions and Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Recorded Session: As an added value, all virtually-delivered programs are video recorded and accessible to our workshop registrants and Professional Learning Consortium Members subsequent to the session. Therefore, each virtually-delivered workshop and webinar will now have Zoom’s Recording Disclaimer enabled by default. With this feature, attendees will receive a notification when a recording starts or if they join a session that is already being recorded. The participant can then consent to stay in the session and be recorded or choose to leave the session altogether.
Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Virtually-Delivered Session: Actively engaging in Zoom sessions is important. Participants may have concerns, however, of a Zoom session recording capturing their participation. Meeting hosts or instructors are taking steps to minimize this concern. In addition to the consent, participants can also use the following steps and features to take control of what is shared when a session is being recorded.
- Change your participant name displayed in Zoom (e.g. only use your first name, replace your name)
- Disable your video
- Mute your audio
- Do not communicate via the chat feature
- Do not upload an identifiable profile photo
Please refer to Zoom’s Attendee Controls for more information on how to use these features.