Trauma & Resilience Conference: Clinton Township, Michigan

WHEN: July 23-26, 2019
WHERE: Macomb ISD Education Center

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Co-sponsor MISD

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 3:45 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.


  • 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. Download a registration form here if you need to submit one to your administration.

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Conference Location

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

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Course Descriptions - July 23

Prerequisite: None

This course teaches school professionals how to create trauma informed schools and classrooms. The training focuses on resilience, exploring the core values and beliefs of educators and places an emphasis on understanding how trauma impacts children and their school experience.

Lastly, proactive strategies such as fostering connections, prioritizing social and emotional skills, establishing safety and promoting play are presented. This course provides detailed information and concrete actions that answer not just the “why” but also the “how” to create the best classroom and school supports for traumatized students and the school professionals who serve them.

Note: This course covers the first 6 of 10 steps to Create a Trauma Informed School. If you have taken Trauma Informed Schools training prior to September 2018, this training includes very similar content.

Presenter: Kathryn Hart

Prerequisite: None

This course will present “Healing the Experience of Addiction” which 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.

Presenter: Rebecca Gerlach

Prerequisite: Completion of Children of Trauma, Children of Trauma & Resilience, Trauma Informed Schools OR Trauma Informed Resilient Schools

This course will review the polyvagal theory and the psycho-physiology of trauma, so that participants can spend most of the day learning how to apply these theories in their daily work.

Learn how mind/body awareness and practice supports children with self-regulating and creating strong internal and external resources.

Experiential activities are practiced to help participants understand how mind body skills become a language for self-awareness, centering, expression and great insight into helping traumatized youth see themselves as survivors.

Participants learn how to rate symptoms and reactions while teaching grounding skills. Mind-body skills highlighted in this training include: breath work, mindfulness, movement, focused awareness, compassion, connection, guided imagery and expressive arts.

Presenter: Erin Reed

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces participants to a trauma informed and resilience focused mindset and teaches participants about toxic stress and trauma, how to help process those experiences and how to foster and nurture characteristics of resilience. It begins with a strong focus on resilience and includes an exploration of how core values and beliefs direct the way professionals work with children.

The four universal needs of all human beings as explained by the Circle of Courage® model including belonging, mastery, independence and generosity are explained and discussed.

Participants learn about the experience of trauma as one that impacts a person’s body and a demonstration of trauma’s impact on the developing brain is highlighted.

Participants learn the importance of sensory-based interventions and how to assess a child’s private logic and universal needs.

Finally, participants practice the development of trauma informed and resilience focused support plans for youth.

Note: 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.

Presenter: Dr. Caelan Soma, PsyD, LMSW

Course Descriptions - July 24

Prerequisite: Completion of Children of Trauma, Children of Trauma & Resilience, Trauma Informed Schools OR Trauma Informed Resilient Schools

* 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.

This course will be a journey of awareness, care and compassion for YOU.

Too frequently in a helping profession burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are written off as the cost of caring. We know that this does not have to be true. You need to find ways to live and flourish in your work. How will you do it? This training gives you space to answer that question.

Practicing Resilience will instill the absolute necessity of your commitment to intentionally care for yourself. You must know that self-care is not separate from your work; it is non-negotiable for your 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. We will learn about the natural negativity bias and daily positive practices to counter it. We will inquire of our own universal needs and harness the power of neuroplasticity and awareness.

You will be guided through an array of experiences designed to help you attune yourself to your true nature, connect you to your strengths, and create resilient habits. You finish the day with a self-defined plan for how to care for yourself.

Presenter: Erin Reed

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

This course builds upon Trauma Informed Resilient Schools course. There is a strong focus on understanding the link between private logic and deficits in the Circle of Courage’s universal needs with student academic achievement and behavior. Participants will learn how to integrate positive behavior intervention supports, rewards, and consequences into their classroom management systems.

Participants will learn how to assess students and create behavior support plans for students. Trauma informed, resilience focused student and classroom scenarios will be presented and discussed in small groups. Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions are discussed. Strategies to collaborate with families and communities and to support staff will be presented. Examples of how to collect and utilize outcome data will be shared.

Note: This course covers the last 4 of the 10 Steps to Create a Trauma Informed School and covers Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports such as resets that occur outside of the classroom. The course also provides an in-depth overview of how to assess and develop behavior support plans for students using the Circle of Courage® model. If you have taken the Trauma Informed Schools training prior to September 2018, there will be some overlapping content.

Presenter: Kathryn Hart

Prerequisite: Completion of Children of Trauma, Children of Trauma & Resilience, Trauma Informed Schools OR Trauma Informed Resilient Schools

Mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood. This training will provide participants with an understanding of the significant overlapping symptomology between mental health disorders and childhood trauma and how this presents in both clinical and school settings. Participants will learn sensory based strategies and be introduced to additional evaluation measures to support a comprehensive assessment of children. Case examples will be shared to highlight the benefits of trauma informed and resilience focused assessment and intervention.

Presenter: Dr. Caelan Soma, PsyD, LMSW

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

This course takes participants deeper into the brain science of trauma and toxic stress. The polyvagal theory, epigenetics and the science of resilience is explored. The content emphasizes the importance of hope when working with at risk and traumatized youth. Participants learn about the SITCAP® model (Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents) and practice sensory based interventions from a variety of SITCAP® model programs including Healing the Experience of Trauma: A Path to Resilience. Experiential activities and the presentation of case examples showcase how to process trauma, nurture and restore resilience in youth of all ages.

Note: The course combines content from ALL previous Structured Sensory Interventions and Healing the Experience of Trauma trainings. This training is for clinical practitioners.

Presenter: Rebecca Gerlach


What to Expect
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To be eligible to obtain Certified Trainer status you must have completed the requirements listed below.

Must be a Certified Trauma Practitioner, ACTP, CTP-E or a CTP-C.

Must maintain your CTP status by taking a different Starr course every calendar year.

Must have taken the following courses:

  • Children of Trauma & Resilience OR Children of Trauma
  • Structured Sensory Interventions AND Healing the Experience of Trauma OR Structured Sensory Interventions II
  • Trauma Informed Schools OR Trauma Informed Resilient Schools
  • Resetting for Resilience
  • Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools or Healing the Experience of Trauma
  • Must complete a trainer Application and be pre-approved to take the Certified Trainer course PRIOR to purchasing the course registration.Must sign the
  • trainer agreement.
  • Must renew trainer status every three years.

Presenters: Kathryn Hart and Erin Reed