Training & 

Professional Development

Check out what we have to offer below for In person,

virtual, or customized On-Demand Courses:

 

Trauma Informed Practices & Cultural Competence Offerings:

 Trauma Informed Practices in the Classroom 

  • Each year in the United States approximately five million children experience some form of traumatic experience. Research has shown that these Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have a devastating impact on children, altering their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. Educators and childcare providers encounter these children and families in their classrooms and often struggle to understand ways to best support the challenges they face. This session investigates how trauma impacts the child and the family and will gain a better understanding of how to support both with trauma informed responses, practices and policies that foster a journey toward growth and healing.

 

 • Brain Based Interventions: Impacting Children from the Inside Out 

  • This hands-on training digs into the question of how to give children the gift of social skills through social engagement and brain based interventions that literally change the architecture of the brain and foster emotional and relational growth. This session explores strategies educators can utilize to make the most of teacher– child interactions, to turn them into valuable learning opportunities that support social–emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy development. 

 

• The Teacher’s Social Emotional Elevator - “Change the results you are getting by 

   reacting differently.” 

  • This session allows participants to examine their social emotional elevator and will provide trauma informed approaches through clear, practical tools to energize professionals and their classroom performance. Explore ways to stay productive… create peaceful environments… and ignite a clear mind in the face of any situation. 

 

 Nurturing the Nurturer: The Teacher’s Self Care Toolbox 

  • During this interactive session, educators will examine the impact of toxic stress, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue on our mind, body and emotions and then strategize tangible ways to create self care plans for setting priorities around healthy professional practices and personal lifestyle with a strengthened mindset and powerful purpose. 

 

• Surviving or Thriving Leadership 

  • Inevitably, we face change every day of our lives which can have a different impact on the quality and effectiveness of our leadership. How we make sense of change will affect how we process change and our ability to respond in innovative and creative ways. Program leaders will gain a greater insight in dealing with personal and organizational change, why people resist change, identify some typical responses to change, discuss what shapes our views toward change, tips on overcoming the stress and anxiety of change and the role of personal empowerment in the change process. Participants will be given a toolkit with five keys for dealing with personal and organizational change. 

 

• Putting It All Together: Creating a Trauma Informed Climate 

  • One of the major challenges for leaders is guiding a “change process”. How does a leader get people at all levels to understand, accept and facilitate the implementation of the “new” process and practices. In this session, we will examine, discuss and share how to implement and lead a program wide process of infusing trauma informed responses, practices and policies throughout an environment. Program directors will reflect on best practices in healthy, resilient climates in order to identify their role in transforming their own program climate to sustain trauma informed practices that stimulate continued growth and success for children, staff and families. 

• Building Our Message for Child and Community Impact 

  • This session examines the impact that identity development and culture have on the success of developmental outcomes for children. We will examine ways to plan for a supportive environment for children and families by utilizing classroom strategies for addressing bias, creating systemic approaches for responding to conversations about bias and culture from the classroom level, and fostering center wide awareness to enhance learning. 

Understanding the Impact of Poverty and Disparities on Families and the

  Community 

  • This session allows participants to reflect on how their own experiences shape the lens we gaze at others through. In a safe space, participants discuss sensitive topics such as race, equity, poverty, inclusion and bias. Participants will examine ways in which to plan supportive environments for diverse children and families impacted by the allostatic load of embedded social inequities. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of enlisting and including families in the process. Engaging dialogue will identify barriers and strategies to support family-teachers interaction/ communication and will examine how the climate does/ does not utilize impact sensitivity with children and families impacted by poverty. 

Parent Engagement:

• Successful Strategies for Parent Partnerships 

  • Providing non-threatening, judgment free settings for parents and caregivers to receive information, make connections to the classroom and create accountability is vital for a healthy center experience for families. This session provides the opportunity to explore and generate protective factors, promote deep individual self-reflection and create peer-to-peer learning experiences. This strength based approach is designed to offer family support and is a gateway to providing parent leadership opportunities. 

 

• Leading Parent Chats 

  • Creating Parent Chats provides the opportunity to explore and foster healthy parenting skills, promote engaged dialog and create peer-to-peer learning experiences. Parent Chats can be designed to offer tangible tools for family support and create a Safe, Valued and Heard experience for long ranged relationship building. 

Health & Wellness:

 The Teacher’s Social Emotional Elevator  

  • “Change the results you are getting by reacting differently.” This session examines a person's social emotional elevator and provides trauma informed approaches through clear, practical tools to energize someone personally and professionally. Join us as we explore ways to stay productive… create peaceful environments… and ignite a clear mind in the face of any situation.

• Playing a ROLE in Your Resilience: 

  • During this interactive session, participants examine the impact of toxic stress, secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue on the mind, body and emotions and then strategize tangible ways to create self care plans for setting priorities around healthy professional practices and personal lifestyle.

 

• Creating a Mental Health Safety Plan: 

  • The facilitator leads an insightful workshop framed around how the unique demands and stresses of day-to-day life challenges can impact mental well-being. Session participants learn how to identify triggers, evaluate emotional wellness, and  find out about resources for self-care to maintain mental wellness, as well as how to support others.  We aim to help build stronger, healthier communities for educators.  So how do YOU create boundaries to promote self-care for YOUR mental health? Create a Mental Health Safety Plan.

 

• Surviving or Thriving Leadership:

  • Inevitably, we face change every day of our lives which can have a different impact on the quality and effectiveness of our leadership.  How we make sense of change will affect how we process change and our ability to respond in innovative and creative ways.  Leaders gain a greater insight in dealing with personal and organizational change, why people resist change, identify some typical responses to change, discuss what shapes our views toward change, tips on overcoming the stress and anxiety of change and the role of personal empowerment in the change process.  Participants are given a toolkit with five keys for dealing with personal and organizational change.

Health & Wellness Series: Includes the Following Session Topics:

  • Nurturing the Nurturer Through Selfish Generosity

  • Creating a Safe Culture Through Self-care

  • Stress Management 101

  • Creating a Mental Health Safety Plan

  • Creating an Emotional Safety Plan

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