A Trauma Lens with Challenging Classrooms

This seminar is geared towards professionals looking to better understand the impact of stress on both the children that they work with and themselves! We’ll spend the morning covering trauma and the impact on neurodevelopment and internal regulation cycles. We will work to better understand children’s behavior by focusing on the multiple factors influencing them and the function behind it to assess, understand and intervene when challenging behaviors are exhibited. We will do so with a trauma-informed scientific lens to promote success, healing, positive interpersonal relationships and new learning. In the afternoon, we will translate this into our own personal spheres of self-care by exploring research on secondary trauma, the impacts it has on our daily work and individual stress regulation, then action plan for self-care all while relaxing, reflecting, and playing in the sand!

This session helps meet the MN Board of Social Work’s requirement of 5.5 Clinical Content Hours.  Register for the course here.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will understand the neuroscience behind the impact of trauma on child development and behavioral functioning, as well as the development of and impact on internal stress regulation cycles. 

Participants will discover how relational patterns are disrupted in children who have experienced trauma and understand that behavior always serves a function, and is impacted by stress, relationships and development; then learn classroom strategies to assess and intervene with behaviors to support student success, healing, healthy relationships and learning. 

Participants learn about research regarding the impact of such work on caring professionals, its impact on the children we work with, and how to identify then action plan for our own self care needs.

Katie Mac Jurado, MA, LMFT, RPT, CCTP, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, currently holding degrees in Child & Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy and Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy. Bringing an extensive background in child development, education, & experience from multiple mental health services, ranging from individual, group, and family school based mental health services across all special education settings while responding to crisis. She has presented at the School Based Conference as well as the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health Conference in Duluth, and trained extensively across the Anoka Hennepin School District. Currently, Katie Mac is working with Carver County in their school linked IEP role.

Abbie Lane, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with experience providing individual, family and group therapy in outpatient, school based, in-home and day treatment settings. Abbie currently supervises a school-based team, overseeing early childhood and elementary sites. Abbie also provides clinical supervision for therapists working with Pre-K through High School sites serving children and families who have experienced trauma. She has presented numerous times to school staff in District 11 and District 191, and presents regularly around the state on trauma-informed strategies.

Katie Mattson, MA, LPCC, is a licensed professional clinical counselor working in an elementary school with a high poverty rate and a setting 3 EBD program. She provides individual and family therapy to SPED and mainstream students, while also providing support to children in crisis. She has presented numerous times to school staff in District 11 and District 191 and currently works with traumatized children in the classroom or school setting. She presents regularly around the state on this topic and also works alongside teachers in the classroom at her school to implement trauma-informed strategies.

The course cost is $50.00 for members, $125 for non-members (includes membership) and $100 for other professionals/out of state for the 5.5 CEU virtual course.  MSSWA Members can enroll by logging in using their MSSWA password.

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