Summer Institute 2017
Strand I - FULL
Creating Trauma-Informed School Communities
Joelle van Lent
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 strand will include an in-depth discussion
of the impact of early neglect and trauma on a childís development,
specifically the childís 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 childís 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 professionalís work life will
- 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
childís ability to prevail in context of ongoing stressors of a wide
- 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.
- Participants will learn strategies and interventions that foster the
development of essential skills that improve a childís 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.
- 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.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone is welcome!
Check back after May 15th
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 Lentís 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