Trauma & Resilience Conference: Clinton Township, Michigan

Important Information Regarding the Status of the MISD Conference

For years, the Macomb County Independent School District has been home to our annual Trauma & Resilience Conference. This year, due to the CDC social distancing guidelines in response to the Coronavirus, Starr Commonwealth has made the decision to transition to a virtual conference. More details will be available soon.

For any questions surrounding the status of your registration, please contact info@starr.org or (800) 837-5591.

WHEN: July 21-24, 2020
WHERE: Macomb ISD Education Center

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Click on a course in the schedule below to read description and presenter information. Conference check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. Presentations start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Attendees must sign-in at the beginning of the course and sign-out at the end, as well as complete a course evaluation before they can receive a CE Certificate of Attendance.

Includes

  • Each course includes a Guidebook.
  • A box lunch and snacks are included. Some vegetarian selections will be offered but we cannot accommodate special dietary requests.
  • CEs and SCECHs are included for all courses, with the exception of the Certified Trainer Course. Each day provides 6 CEs. Click for more information on CEs available.

Who Should Attend

These courses are 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.

  • Learn from Starr's trauma experts, and take advantage of your time with them to ask questions and take the course material further.
  • Network with likeminded professionals
  • Return to your organization as a champion for change to ensure the children you work with can flourish!

Conference Location

Macomb ISD Education Center
44001 Garfield Ave
Clinton Township, Michigan 48038

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Schedule

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Course Descriptions - July 21

Prerequisite: None

Overview:

This course introduces the trauma-informed and resilience-focused mindset, toxic stress and trauma, and how to foster and nurture characteristics of resilience.*

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain how trauma impacts brain functions of memory, emotional regulation, behavior, and learning.
  • Recall the wide range of adverse experiences that can cause trauma reactions.
  • Explain how private logic impacts behavior.
  • Describe how the Circle of Courage® works and the impact a broken circle has on an individual.

*If you have taken Children of Trauma prior to January of 2019, this training will have significant overlap with the exception of an introduction to the Circle of Courage. This training also includes some content from Courageous Connections and Courageous Classrooms.

Register for Children of Trauma & Resilience

Prerequisite: None

Audience: Designed for anyone who works in a school setting – teachers, administrators, bus drivers, lunchroom workers, office staff, etc.

This course explores the core values and beliefs of educators, how trauma impacts children and their school experience, and provides proactive strategies for resilience.*

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe how trauma impacts the deep and outer brain functions specifically in the school setting.
  • Identify questions to ask to promote a trauma-informed and resilience-focused mindset when working with students in the school setting.
  • Identify proactive strategies for every classroom.
  • Discuss the four universal needs and provide examples to support each.

*This course covers the first 6 of the 10 Steps to Create a Trauma-Informed School, if participants have taken Trauma-Informed Schools prior. This course also includes portions from Courageous Classrooms/Courageous Connections.

Register for Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools

Engaging some youth in structured sensory interventions can be challenging. This training will focus on the themes of trauma and resilience and offer a wide variety of sensory play experiences for all ages of youth. Participants will learn effective concepts and techniques of play therapy to enhance the clinician’s ability to engage youth in sensory interventions meant to process trauma and awaken resilience.

Presenter: Judith M. Lester, LISW-S, RPT, ACTP

Register for Sensory Play Interventions

Prerequisite: Completion of Children of Trauma, Children of Trauma & Resilience, Trauma Informed Schools OR Trauma Informed Resilient Schools Overview: Mind Body Skills for Emotional Regulation reviews the polyvagal theory and the psychophysiology of trauma, so that participants can understand behavior as a language for what is happening in both the bodies of children, as well as in the practitioners exposed to secondary trauma. Participants will spend most of their time learning how to apply these theories in their daily work by directly experiencing the practices in their own bodies. Participants will also learn how to understand the power of mind/body awareness in supporting children and adolescents with self-regulating and creating strong internal and external resources. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the Polyvagal Theory and how it informs sensory practices for healing
  • Explain the parts of the brain and neuroscience to clients/youth to help them understand their trauma response
  • Explain the meaning of emotional regulation and the process of co-regulation
  • Demonstrate present moment awareness to gain direct experience with the practice of mindfulness, and identify how it brings regulations to the autonomic nervous system
  • Develop strategies to establish safety
  • Demonstrate practices that stimulate the Vagus nerve through human contact, muscles of the face, throat and ears, position and movement and sensory tools in order to apply these strategies in practice
  • Practice grounding, centering, and resource strategies to further develop resilience and emotional regulation

Register for Mind Body Skills

Course Descriptions - July 22

Prerequisite: Completion of Trauma Informed Schools OR Trauma Informed Resilient Schools

Overview:

This course focuses on the link between private logic and deficits in the Circle of Courage®, and how to integrate positive behavior intervention supports.*

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Contrast trauma-informed, resilience-focused discipline and traditional school discipline practices.
  • Describe the concept of private logic and provide examples of how private logic impacts behavior in the school setting.
  • Provide examples of behavior supports for students who do not have all of their universal needs met.
  • Name evaluation strategies to use to determine your schools level of trauma informed and resilience-focused practices.
  • Determine your school’s progress of implementing trauma-informed and resilience-focused practices.

*Covers last 4 of the 10 Steps to Create a Trauma-Informed School and Tier 2 & 3 supports. Provides overview of how to assess and develop behavior support plans for students using the Circle of Courage® model. If you have taken the course Trauma Informed Schools prior to 9/2018, there will be some overlapping content.

Register for Resetting for Resilience

Prerequisite: Completion of Children of Trauma OR Children of Trauma & Resilience

Overview:

This course provides an overview of the SITCAP® Model and how to apply mind body skills while focusing on the primary themes of trauma.*

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the most immediate and appropriate interventions needs of the traumatized child/adolescent.
  • Adapt approaches for use in individual and group settings in schools and agencies.
  • Learn and practice mind-body skills for emotional regulation.
  • Learn and practice activities for the most common themes of trauma.

This course combines content from ALL previous Structured Sensory Interventions and Healing the Experience of Trauma trainings.

Register for Structured Sensory Interventions II

Prerequisite: Children of Trauma and Resilience (or Children of Trauma) OR Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools (or Trauma-Informed Schools)

Overview:

Sexual abuse is extremely compacted with many layers. Victims of sexual abuse can be any age or gender. Perpetrators can be family, friends, or strangers. Court systems can be more traumatizing, police can be frightening, and evidence may be hard to find. All of these things contribute to the challenges that exist for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. All of the different ways that sexual abuse and assault can occur cause it to be multi-layered and case sensitive.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the dynamics of sexual abuse and assault
  • Identify barriers faced by survivors of sexual abuse and their families
  • Strategize hands-on interventions to use with a variety of youth

Register for Sexual Abuse

More info coming soon!

Presenter: Kim Wagner

Register for Sensory Regulation

Course Descriptions - July 23

Prerequisite: Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools (Education - Course 1), and Resetting for Resilience (Education – Course 2)

Overview:

This course expands on previous courses, diving into the polyvagal theory, epigenetics, and the science of resilience.*

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the brain science behind trauma and resilience.
  • Identify the main components of the SITCAP® model.
  • Identify sensory-based interventions for students in the school setting.
  • Identify how exposure is connected to body sensations.

Register for Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools

Prerequisite: Children of Trauma and Resilience (or Children of Trauma) or Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools (or Trauma-Informed Schools)

Practicing Resilience: Essential Self-Care Strategies for Helping Professionals is a journey of awareness, care, and compassion. Too frequently in a helping profession burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue are written-off as the cost of caring. Practicing Resilience will instill the absolute necessity of one’s commitment to intentionally care for themselves. One must know that self-care is not separate from their work; it is non-negotiable for their work. In this training, we will dig into what affects us as trauma practitioners, the psychophysiology of joy and stress, and the paradox as a spiritual possession. Participants will be guided through an array of experiences designed to help attune themselves to their true nature, connect them to their strengths, create resilient habits, and create a self-defined plan for how to care for themselves.

* This training is non-traditional, so please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, towel, or pillow if you are comfortable sitting on the floor.

Register for Practicing Resilience

Prerequisite: None

Overview:

This course was developed for practitioners to use with adolescents and adults who are struggling with substance abuse. Instead of asking what happened, it focuses on how to help these individuals regulate their emotions to sustain recovery. Learn the process of moving traumatized and addicted individuals between themes of trauma and feelings of connection, resilience and strength. Structured sessions integrate mind-body skills and expressive art activities that provide the individual with a platform to be an active participant in their healing.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the psychophysiology of trauma and addiction.
  • Name at least three ways stress and trauma influence changes in the central nervous system.
  • Identify the components of the core regulation network.
  • Demonstrate activities you can use with individuals to pendulate between trauma and resilience themes.

Register for Healing the Trauma of Addiction

Prerequisites: None

Courageous Classrooms provides teachers and schools with interactive, organized ways to seamlessly incorporate social, emotional, and behavioral learning tools into your everyday classroom activities, as well as ways to share those lessons and learn with peers. The program authors will walk you through the 40+ comprehensive weekly modules. Go to the SOTW page to learn more about the program.

  • Spend a day with the creators of the program, as they coach your through implementation in the classroom. Presentation information will be presented regarding the philosophy and structure of the program as well as specific implementation information for each unit.
  • Collaborate with other educators implementing social emotional curriculum in their classrooms by exchanging ideas, challenges, etc. This collaboration can continue for anyone who purchases SOTW through a closed Facebook group moderated by Starr Commonwealth.
  • Have you taken Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools and Resetting for Resilience? Skill of the Week is the perfect supplemental program to take the theories and professional practices taught in those courses and provide students with a daily exercise—regardless of their current social emotional growth.
  • Be the social emotional champion of your school! Much like professionals who use their CTP status to bring trauma-informed, resilience-focused practices to their school, SOTW experts can be the catalyst for tremendous social emotional growth throughout their schools. Take the first step with this workshop!

NOTE: This workshop is designed for educators who have access to the Courageous Classrooms: Skill of the Week program. While this content is not included with the workshop, anyone who registers for this course will be provided a coupon for 15% off SOTW.

Presenters: Erika Grevelding, LCSW-R & Colleen Germann, PsyD

Register for the Courageous Classrooms: Skill of the Week workshop

Note: This workshop is offered on both Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24. These are separate sessions, and attendees need only register for one offering.

Prerequisites: None

This co-facilitated training is designed for ALL people. Certified Trainers will guide up to 30 participants through a transformation of their hearts and minds about racism and how we relate to one another as members of the only true race: the human race. Participants are challenged to use “The Five Shifts” to expand their capacity to experience the other’s reality, while being kept emotionally safe by Glasswing’s experience-based sharing guidelines. Additional topics covered include: 1.) the definition of racism; 2.) the pathology of racism; 3.) stereotypes; 4.) white privilege; 5.) the impacts of racism; 6.) the history of racism; and 7.) the Reality of the Oneness of Humankind.

Upton successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the definition and pathology of racism
  • Recognize and explain white privilege
  • Recall the history and impacts of racism
  • Explain the reality of the oneness of humankind
  • Recall and demonstrate the five shifts

Register for Glasswing (7/23 session)

Note: This training is offered on both Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24. These are separate sessions, and attendees need only register for one offering.

Course Descriptions - July 24

Prerequisite: Children of Trauma and Resilience (or Children of Trauma) or Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools (or Trauma-Informed Schools)

Overview:

Mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood. Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Focused Assessment & Differential Diagnosis will provide participants an understanding of the significant overlapping symptomology between mental health disorders and childhood trauma, and a clear view of what it looks like in schools and classrooms. In addition, the gap between the need and treatment of mental health problems in schools will be discussed. Participants will learn practical ways they can help, including: reducing the stigma of mental health, bridging the gaps between treatment and need, and focusing on fostering and nurturing characteristics of resilience in students.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Compare at least five ways a trauma-informed, resilience-focused assessment is different than a standardized assessment
  • Identify the overlapping symptomology between trauma and at least two other common mental health disorders
  • Describe the pathway of a dysregulated central nervous system to the use of at-risk coping behaviors
  • Name five common characteristics found in the drawings of traumatized children
  • Provide a list of at least 3 assessment activities most helpful with school-age children as a result of taking this course

Register for Trauma-Informed Resilience-Focused Assessment and Differential Diagnosis

Prerequisite: None

Overview:

Understand the trauma associated with rejection and “crisis of belonging” experienced by our LGBT+ youth, and build strategies of resilience for all to flourish.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain common rejections of LGBT youth in their homes, communities, and schools
  • Explain the impact of rejection and the "crisis of belonging" on LGBT young people
  • Explain how rejection, internalized homophobia, etc. traumatizes LGBT youth and how this impacts their health and well-being
  • Utilize the 'Five-Shifts' to connect with and understand fellow members of the human family
  • Create safe learning environments for LGBT+ students and identify strategies one can use to be an ally.

Register for LGBT Youth

Prerequisites: None

Courageous Classrooms provides teachers and schools with interactive, organized ways to seamlessly incorporate social, emotional, and behavioral learning tools into your everyday classroom activities, as well as ways to share those lessons and learn with peers. The program authors will walk you through the 40+ comprehensive weekly modules. Go to the SOTW page to learn more about the program.

  • Spend a day with the creators of the program, as they coach your through implementation in the classroom.
  • Collaborate with other educators implementing social emotional curriculum in their classrooms by exchanging ideas, challenges, etc. This collaboration can continue for anyone who purchases SOTW through a closed Facebook group moderated by Starr Commonwealth.
  • Have you taken Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools and Resetting for Resilience? Skill of the Week is the perfect supplemental program to take the theories and professional practices taught in those courses and provide students with a daily exercise—regardless of their current social emotional growth.
  • Be the social emotional champion of your school! Much like professionals who use their CTP status to bring trauma-informed, resilience-focused practices to their school, SOTW experts can be the catalyst for tremendous social emotional growth throughout their schools. Take the first step with this workshop!

NOTE: This workshop is designed for educators who have access to the Courageous Classrooms: Skill of the Week program. While this content is not included with the workshop, anyone who registers for this course will be provided a coupon for 15% off SOTW.

Presenters: Erika Grevelding, LCSW-R & Colleen Germann, PsyD

Register for the Courageous Classrooms: Skill of the Week workshop

Note: This workshop is offered on both Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24. These are separate sessions, and attendees need only register for one offering.

Prerequisites: None

This co-facilitated training is designed for ALL people. Certified Trainers will guide up to 30 participants through a transformation of their hearts and minds about racism and how we relate to one another as members of the only true race: the human race. Participants are challenged to use “The Five Shifts” to expand their capacity to experience the other’s reality, while being kept emotionally safe by Glasswing’s experience-based sharing guidelines. Additional topics covered include: 1.) the definition of racism; 2.) the pathology of racism; 3.) stereotypes; 4.) white privilege; 5.) the impacts of racism; 6.) the history of racism; and 7.) the Reality of the Oneness of Humankind.

Upton successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the definition and pathology of racism
  • Recognize and explain white privilege
  • Recall the history and impacts of racism
  • Explain the reality of the oneness of humankind
  • Recall and demonstrate the five shifts

Register for Glasswing (7/24 sesson)

Note: This training is offered on both Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24. These are separate sessions, and attendees need only register for one offering.

Prerequisite: Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education OR Certified Trauma Practitioner-Clinical + Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools, Resetting for Resilience, and Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to develop the skills necessary to coach the implementation of trauma informed and resilience focused practices within their schools districts.

Components include:

  • What is a Resilience Coach?
  • Strategies for shifting mindsets to be trauma-informed and resilience focused
  • Circle of Courage implementation
  • A framework for where to begin, how to proceed, and expected outcomes
  • Learn interventions that support higher needs students and themes of resilience
  • How to conduct a strength based classroom observation
  • How to have difficult conversations with professionals to enhance opportunity for maximum professional growth

Registration for the Resilience Coach Workshop

CERTIFIED TRAINER TRAINING - July 21 & 22

Prerequisites: All core courses and CTP Certification

The course trains and certifies individuals to train others in Starr’s five core courses:

  • Children of Trauma and Resilience
  • Structured Sensory Interventions II
  • Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools
  • Resetting for Resilience
  • Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools

Participants will also receive an overview of the history of Starr Commonwealth and its core beliefs. All trainers are expected to prepare a presentation from one of the core courses. The remaining portion of the course is dedicated to understanding one’s role and responsibilities as a Starr Certified Trainer. Individuals who complete the course are certified and licensed to provide courses on behalf of Starr for one-year, at which time they must recertify. The one-year licensing period also provides certified trainers access to a webpage full of resources.

For more information visit the Starr Certified Trainer page. In addition to purchasing the CTT course, an application is also required.

Register for Certified Trainer Training