Trauma & Resilience Summit Spring Arbor University

August 5-9, 2019 - Spring Arbor University

Learning can be a real struggle for students who have experienced trauma. Starr Commonwealth can provide the training, tools and resources you need to become trauma informed and resilience focused so you can set your students up for success. Our courses were designed with YOU in mind – teachers, school administrators and staff, psychologists, social workers and counselors.

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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 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.

Includes

  • Mon, Tue and Wed courses include a Guidebook.
  • Lunch and snacks are included. Some vegetarian selections will be offered but we cannot accommodate special dietary requests. (No lunch provided on Thursday.)
  • CEs (no SCECHs) are included for courses offered Monday thru Wednesday only. 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.

Summit Location

Spring Arbor University
Poling Center, 133 Ogle Ave
Spring Arbor, Michigan
Note: Michigan Dept. of Transportation Construction Information

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Schedule

  • Aug 5-7: All courses can count toward Starr Trauma Practitioner Certification.
  • Aug 8: No CEs for this day. Lunch on your own.
  • Aug 9: No CEs for this day.

Course Descriptions

Prerequisite: None

Overview:
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

Overview:
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

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

Overview:
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: Erin Reed

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

Overview:
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: Dr. Caelan Soma, PsyD, LMSW

Prerequisite: Completion of Trauma Informed Schools OR Trauma Informed Resilient Schools and Resetting for Resilience

Overview:
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 students. 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 specific for schools. Experiential activities showcase how to process trauma, nurture, and restore resilience in students of all ages.

Presenter: Kathryn Hart

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

Overview:
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

Requirements to be eligible to take the exam:

  • Attend all week, Mon-Fri OR
  • Have 2 elective courses completed prior to the Summit OR
  • Have met the 5 course CTP requirements

After Completion of the exam: Bookstore browsing encouraged! Our trainers will answer questions about materials during this time and we will staff the store.

Moderator: Ian Stewart

Various presenters and panels to choose from. More information coming soon.

Q & A with: Kathryn Hart and Ian Stewart

Shawna Boomgaard (a.m. workshop presenter)

Title: Recipe for Empathy: Ingredients for Creating Successful Children and Adolescents

Description: The focus of this workshop is to increase participants understanding of individuals through a trauma/adversity history lens. Motivation and meaning of behaviors will be explored and defined as an attempt to decrease feelings of distress. Trauma-informed care is an established practice that can dramatically improve the outcomes for individuals, children, and families.

Agenda:

  • Lay of the Land:  Current Landscape
  • Ingredients for transitioning from toxic to creating trauma-sensitive environments
  • The Brain Game Activity
  • So What Can We Do? Strategies
  • Mindfulness Activity

Kimberly Wagner and Amy Swis (a.m. workshop presenters)

Title: Sensory Interventions for Challenging Behaviors:  You've Got This!

Description:  We will explore how the brain is affected by trauma and chronic sensory dysregulation.  We will provide and model strategies to calm the brain and body in the academic setting for increased student success.

Judith Lester  (a.m. workshop presenter)

Title: Childhood Sexualized Behavior

Description: Mental health professionals are frequently approached by anxious caregivers when children exhibit sexualized behaviors and play. Understanding what is normal sexual development while calmly addressing sexualized play can be very challenging for caregivers and mental health professionals alike. In this course, participants will learn how to differentiate between normative and non-normative sexual development and behaviors. Trauma informed approaches to assessment, psychoeducation and interventions will be discussed and experienced.

Erica Giron  (p.m. workshop presenter)

Title: "PBIS through a Resilience Focused Lens"

Description: The session will guide participants through exploring MTSS & PBIS structures through a resilience focused approach. Participants will gain practical strategies to implement PBIS in a way that fosters resilience in all students and creates a positive school experience for both students & staff. The session will be engaging and interactive as we consider the impact school experiences have on the learning brain when it is both regulated and dysregulated.

Tina Hunter (p.m. workshop presenter)      

Title: Mashkawizii (meaning he/she has inner strength)

Description: This workshop will look at understanding the history of colonization and Indian residential school and the traumatic affects that continue to this day.  We will tie this into understanding how the past affects individuals, families, and communities.  We will explore how unspoken trauma and grief hurts children, youth, and adults, in their relationships with one another, as parents, and as partners. We will also recognize how traditional knowledge, values, teachings, ceremonies, and language support and provide for healing and wellness.

Jennifer Sloan, LMSW CTP-T   (p.m. workshop presenter)

Title: Their Senses Tell the Story: ‘Bottom-up’ Approaches to Interventions with Young Children

Description: As helpers, we know that understanding child development is an essential component of treating childhood trauma.  While The Body Keeps the Score (thank you, Bessel van der Kolk!), in childhood trauma, the senses tell the story.  In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their skillsets as the developmentally-informed helpers our young children need.  This session will include discussion, observation and demonstration of methods to identify impacts of trauma and deliver developmentally-appropriate, sensory-based interventions to help young children build resilience.   Participants will be invited to engage in hands-on experiential activities that will help build necessary "translation" skills in real time, to better understand what our children need us to know.