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Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs and Developmental Trauma in the Schools

  • Continuing Education and Conference Centre St. Paul, Minnesota (map)
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Integrative Education Symposium - February 27 - 29, 2020

Course Description:

This one-day introductory workshop is designed for educators and allied professionals supporting children with mental health needs in the classroom. Often teachers are concerned with their students who experience anxiety, behavioral challenges and learning difficulties. There is always a reason for the behavior. Understanding the impact of early developmental trauma, common pediatric mental health challenges, and how these influences affect the brain, behavior and learning is often a game-changer for teachers. Preliminary problem-solving will be offered assisting in the reasoning of how and when to alter the classroom environment, the curriculum or the relational elements of the teaching/therapeutic process.

Intended Audience:

Educational Level: Introductory
Audience: OTs, PTs, SLPs, Educators and interested others

6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUS)

Course Description:

This one-day introductory workshop is designed for educators and allied professionals supporting children with mental health needs in the classroom.

Course Objectives:

The participant will be able to:

  1. Develop a preliminary understanding of the impact of developmental trauma and

    common mental health challenges upon the developing brain, learning and behavior

  2. Develop skills of attunement and regulation through relationship in the classroom

  3. Develop problem-solving skills related to the assessment and alteration of the

    environment to support safety and regulation within the classroom

  4. Develop a preliminary framework for a mental health sensitive curriculum that

    permits inclusivity and security within student learning

Agenda:

8:30 - 10:15 What is developmental trauma, what are common mental health challenges, and how do these impact brain development, learning and behavior?
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Practical skills of attunement and regulation through relationship to support students with behavioral challenges and mental health issues

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Develop clinical reasoning skills to evaluate the environment in support
of students with mental health challenges
2:30 – 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:30 Trauma Sensitive curriculum: Elements of curriculum and attuned teaching

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Earlier Event: February 12
Psycho-Sensory Processing Intervention
Later Event: February 29
Advanced Trauma Informed Practice