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The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

BEST: Building Effective Support For Teaching Students With Behavioral Challenges

A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2016

Strand H

Creating Trauma Informed School Communities by Fostering Resilience through Skill Building

Joelle van Lent

Description:

This training is designed from current research on the key components and protective factors that foster resilience in children who are contending with a wide variety of stressors including mental health challenges, intellectual and learning variations, developmental disabilities, and chronic adversity within their environment.  Dr. van Lent will identify key elements and approaches for creating environments in which children can thrive.  The four-session strand will include an in-depth discussion of the impact of early neglect and trauma on a child’s development, specifically the child’s ability to form healthy relationships, respond to context, engage in learning, and develop a positive self-concept.  

Participants will learn specific strategies and interventions that will create intentional opportunities for the development of essential skills within the realms of emotional regulation, social competency, and executive functioning.  Learning activities will highlight how participants can positively influence a child’s development and offer specific ideas to put into practice. 

In an effort to also support the resilience of the educational provider, this training will address the risk factors and vulnerabilities for negative influence on those in helping professions.  Participants will develop an increased awareness of individual, work place, and cultural factors that could contribute to compassion fatigue.  Factors that promote compassion satisfaction and renewed commitment to self-care, connection, and health within a professional’s work life will be explored. 

Strand Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about various forms of stress and current research relevant to fostering resilience in children.  There will be a focus on the protective factors and key elements that improve a child’s ability to prevail in context of ongoing stressors of a wide variety.
  2. Participants will explore the impact of chronic exposure to trauma on child development, specifically focusing on attachment capacity, neurological functioning, affect regulation, and executive functioning.
  3. Participants will learn strategies and interventions that foster the development of essential skills that improve a child’s engagement and functioning.  There will be a focus on the realms of emotional regulation, social competency, and executive functioning.  Specific examples and modeling of such skill development will be included.
  4. Participants will develop an understanding of the concepts of Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction, as well as increased awareness of the associated risk factors and environmental vulnerabilities.  Participants will be actively engaged in developing ideas for self-care and effective professional collaboration.

Pre-Readings:

ChildTrauma Academy. (2003). Effects of Traumatic Events on Children. All Rights Reserved © 2003 Bruce D. Perry

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (2011). Building the Brain’s “Air Traffic Control” System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function: Working Paper No. 11. http://www.developing child.harvard.edu

Bio:

Dr. Joelle van LentDr. Joelle van Lent, is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and child serving agencies.  Dr. van Lent has expertise as a therapist, clinician, evaluator, consultant, and trainer.  Her work focuses on child and adolescent mental health, family therapy, trauma, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Dr. van Lent’s approach is geared toward fostering resilience and creating communities that support healthy development.  She is currently in private practice based in the northwestern part of Vermont and works across the state with schools and agencies.

 

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