2020 Trauma & Resilience Virtual Conference

Virtual trainings for continuing education and certification at a greatly reduced rate

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July 20-22, 2020 | $199 all-access*

Starr Commonwealth's virtual conference is designed for helping professionals who work with children, adolescents, and families including, but not limited to: teachers, school administration and staff, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and hospice workers. Delivered in focused topics surrounding larger themes, registering for this conference gives attendees access to all 22 sessions for a greatly reduced rate, in addition to the opportunity to achieve (or renew) Starr Certified Trauma Practitioner status!

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Schedule

Monday, July 20

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Elizabeth Carey, president & CEO

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Dr. Caelan Soma, chief clinical officer

Understand how the experience of COVID-19 is perceived uniquely for all individuals. Identify the differences between grief and loss symptoms and reactions as it relates to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Derek Allen, executive vice president & COO

Reopening schools will involve challenges and opportunities. This session will discuss what matters most for administrators to consider as they strive to meet the needs of students and families for safe and responsive reintegration to school.

10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Becca Gerlach, director of Starr Behavioral Health

Learn how the pandemic increases the risk of substance use. Participants will learn about the link between trauma and addiction, and the additional risk this current crisis has created. Participants will learn how to think about engagement, and outreach with vulnerable populations. Case examples will be shared to think about how to structure sessions and build connection in a time of physical distancing.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Ken Ponds & Christi Barrett

In a recent interview with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, Alabama on MSNBC, he stated that we must radically rethink what we owe to the people who are the most vulnerable with a healthcare intervention based on vulnerability and need. He was responding to a question put to him regarding the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The pandemic has cut a wide swath of infection and death across our nation with communities of color, and in turn, the children of these communities, bearing much of the brunt of the virus. Why? In this session we will address how the trauma of white privilege, oppression and racism intersect with communities of color to help create a situation in which people of color, particularly black Americans, are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Erin Reed, senior trainer

Understand how the experience of COVID-19 is perceived uniquely for all individuals. Identify behaviors as reactions to these experiences, and learn strategies to support educators as they reintegrate.

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Holly Sanders-Cobb, clinical supervisor & Gabriela Mueller, behavioral health clinician

Understanding the implications of domestic violence and COVID-19 on children and families; identify ways to assist children and families returning to school either virtually or in-person.

Tuesday, July 21

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Erin Reed, senior trainer & Jesse Hackworth

Understand how PBIS practices align with the Universal Needs and the Circle of Courage, and be able to communicate the connection between the two. Recognize when PBIS practices are not aligned with Trauma-Informed best practices. Complete an activity to align your schools PBIS expectations to the Circle of Courage.

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Becca Gerlach, director of Starr Behavioral Health

Participants will learn tips to engage their populations remotely. Participants will be given strategies for outreach, assessment, and intervention. We will touch on how to utilize the Path to Resilience journals remotely, as well as how to use technology in a more interactive way.

10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

L. Kathryn Hart, director of professional training and coaching

Participants will gain a deep understanding of Polyvagal Theory and how it applies to restoring balance in the autonomic nervous system. Functions of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems will be discussed to support trauma practitioners in understanding what sensory experiences will be most supportive.

10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Dr. Caelan Soma, chief clinical officer

Describe the importance of being trauma-informed while providing remote learning. Identify key ways to promote safety, connection and emotional regulation virtually.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Erika Grevelding & Colleen Germann, Balston Spa Central School District (NY)

This presentation will provide an introduction to the Courageous Classrooms: Skill of the Week program and provide participants information in order to implement the program in their setting. The Courageous Classrooms: Skill of the Week program is intended to teach, model, and reinforce life-long social, emotional, and behavioral skills so that students are more available for academic learning.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Erin Reed, senior trainer

Understand how mindfulness has the power to support cognitive functioning, social-emotional growth, and general well-being for you and your students. Lean how to infuse trauma-informed mindfulness into your daily school rituals. Gain direct experience with a foundational mindfulness to implement with your students.

3:00-4:30 p.m.

L. Kathryn Hart, director of professional training and coaching

Participants will explore an in depth approach to the Behavior Support Plan including the latest updates with the new Private Logic Assessment, Youth Self-Report, and Universal Needs Assessment Self-Report. In addition, participates will explore how to utilize the assessment and interventions individually.

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Anthony Allen, resilience coach, and Willie Burton, youth advocate & former NBA player

Join Allen and Burton as they discuss Starr's latest offering for school- and community-based curriculum that unifies academic success and health-wellness for students.

Wednesday, July 22

8:30-10:00 a.m.

L. Kathryn Hart, director of professional training and coaching

Understand how the experience of COVID-19 is perceived uniquely for all individuals. Identify behaviors as reactions to these experiences, and learn strategies to support students as they reintegrate.

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Jenny Sloan, senior behavioral health clinician

(1) List 3 therapeutic activities that can be implemented via telehealth, that engage each of the two branches of the parasympathetic nervous system. (2) Name at least one reason epigenetics is important to trauma practitioners, and the implications of the COVID-19 on epigenetics for children and future generations. (3) identify modifications to at least three sensory-based interventions for youth to effectively implement them via telehealth.

10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Jenny Sloan, senior behavioral health clinician

(1) Explain common rejections of LGBT+ youth in their homes, communities, and schools - and the impact of rejection and the "crisis of belonging", internalized homophobia, etc. traumatizes LGBT+ youth and impacts their health and well-being. (2) Utilize the "Five Shifts" to connect with and understand fellow members of the human family, and identify strategies one can use to be an LGBT+ student ally and create safe learning environment. (3) Identify 2 areas of risk for LGBT+ youth that may be increased by the COVOD-19 crisis, and era social distancing. Identify 3 strategies for professionals to assist with remediating these risks for LGBT+ youth.

10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Dr. Caelan Soma, chief clinical officer

Understand what matters most for children and adults during crisis intervention. Identify the key components of implementing a safe and beneficial defusing session.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Erin Reed, senior trainer

Participants will get a direct experience with a trauma-informed group yoga practice. The practice will include contextualizing the therapeutic theme, warming up the body, centering, and intention offering, embodiment practice, resting in stillness, and integration.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

L. Kathryn Hart, director of professional training and coaching, and Kathryn Carpenter, senior resilience coach

This workshop will explore what it means to be a Resilience Coach and provide participants with some implementation strategies for trauma-informed resilience-focused strategies within their school building and district. Participants will then be provided an opportunity to ask presenters questions and receive support and recommendations.

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Derek Allen, executive vice president & COO | Dr. Caelan Soma, chief clinical officer | L. Kathryn Hart, director of professional training and coaching | Erin Reed, senior trainer | Katie Carpenter, senior resilience coach

Provide unique feedback in a question and answer format related to COVID-19 response, reintegration and post-disruption recovery.

Take advantage of Starr's free and discounted courses today and be eligible for accelerated certification during the conference.

*Registrants will have access to their choice of sessions, as well as the Q&As that follow. Recordings of all sessions will be available for 31 days following the conference, with unlimited access to each during that period of time.

**Starr Commonwealth awards continuing education certificates for many of our training programs. It is up to each individual to understand the licensing requirements within their jurisdiction, and participants are responsible for contacting their state licensing board to determine if credits awarded for completion of this program will be accepted. 

Please visit starr.org/programs/continuing-education-credits for more information.