Adversity and Resilience

Adversity and Resilience

Wednesday, May 16, 2017 | Radisson Hotel, Manchester

5 Hours | Approved by NASW, NH Chapter for 5.0 Cat. 1 CE Credits, Auth #3374

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8:00-8:20 a.m. - Registration & Coffee
8:20-8:30 a.m. - Welcome
8:30-10:00 a.m. - Keynote Speaker:
10:15 a.m.-12:00 noon - 4 Breakout Sessions
12:00–1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00–2:45 p.m. - 4 Breakout Sessions


What You Will Learn:

Keynote: The Science of Hope

During the last few decades, there has been a flurry of research on the role of hope in recovery from medical and psychological adversity, including traumatic exposure. It is becoming clear that the hope and relationship-focused practices are critical components of resilience and recovery. This presentation will inform participants about the current science of hope as it relates to the use of relationships to build resiliency in the face of adverse experiences.

Cassie Yackley, Psy.D.

AM & PM Breakout Sessions (Repeated)

Choose one in the morning and one in the afternoon at the time of registration.

Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools

Trauma-sensitive schools (TSSs) recognize the prevalence of ACEs amongst students and staff: realize the potential impact of exposure to adversity on learning development, and mental/behavioral health problem and respond to these circumstances by creating a coordinated approach to improve the safety and well-being for students and staff. Implementation encompasses a trauma-informed organizational and self-assessment, staff professional development, policy and practice transformation, and program evaluation. Schools that routinely screen for adverse events and posttraumatic symptoms, link students with evidence-based practices for trauma intervention, and develop approaches to increase safety and minimize critical incidents. Participants will understand the key elements in the development of trauma-sensitive school environment and will have immediate action steps to take in their own districts.

Cassie Yackley, Psy.D.

Mental Health & First Aid for Educators
Mental health training is typically not included in most formal teacher preparation programs, even though mental health challenges can negatively impact a student’s ability to learn. With an estimated one in five of the 50 million U.S. public school students showing signs of a mental health disorder, it is imperative to provide educators with training about trends and warning signs. As children spend much of their days in the classroom, schools have become the place where they are most likely to receive mental health interventions. In order for teachers to give effective academic guidance for students, they need to feel empowered in their crucial role on the front line of the mental health continuum. This workshop, facilitated by veteran school mental health personnel, offers basic mental health first aid information to increase a teacher’s ability to recognize and identify emerging problems. Opportunities to strengthen communication/collaboration with families, school professionals, and outside resource agencies will also be explored.

Hannah Mariotti and Sarah Wagner

Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care

Working with survivors of trauma can greatly impact those who provide services along with the organizations within which they work.  It can also have a significant impact on the families of professionals.  This workshop will discuss the various levels of impact of trauma and ways to reduce the effects of self, family, and organizations. Participants will be able to explain how the stress response occurs in the brain, identify personal or professional factors contributing to vicarious trauma, and understand how trauma influences one’s worldview.

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package: A Resource for Leaders

Growing awareness of the prevalence and impact of childhood trauma has galvanized a movement to create trauma-sensitive schools in which all aspects of the educational environment — from workforce training to procedures and policies adopted — are grounded in an understanding of trauma and its impact and designed to promote resilience for all. Creating a solid foundation for school-wide trauma sensitivity ensures a culture of support for all students, enhances identification of students who need more intensive services, and fosters an environment where Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions for trauma are more likely to be successful. A trauma-sensitive approach also addresses the effects of trauma on families and school staff.

 This session introduces educators to the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package, a new resource from the U.S. Department of Education that offers district and school administrators and staff a roadmap and tools for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach school- or districtwide. Package materials to be reviewed during the session include an online module, e-resource, slide presentation and handouts for training instructional and non-instructional staff on trauma and its impact and trauma-sensitive practices in schools and an online module and action guide for school leaders that includes planning and assessment tools for implementing a whole school trauma-sensitive approach. Participants will have access to all of the training package materials to bring back to their schools and districts to support trauma sensitivity.


Travel & Site Information:

Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH, 03101

Complimentary parking will be available at the Center of New Hampshire Parking Garage, located directly next to the Radisson.  Just remember to bring your parking stub into the conference to be validated by PD&T staff:

Center of New Hampshire Parking Garage
65 Granite Street
Manchester, NH 03101


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