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Helping Kids Heal: Supportive Strategies for Kids Who Hurt
Trauma is arguably the most pressing crisis in education today. And certainly, in this time of a global pandemic and other adverse experiences that affect children—including systemic racial injustice, now more than ever it is critical to have an understanding about trauma and its effects on student’s brains and bodies. Approximately, twenty percent of students have a diagnosable mental health condition. Research shows that trauma is at the root of most of these mental health challenges. (Kidscount.org) Sadly, only a fraction of these children will receive any type of mental health intervention to deal with their experiences. However, 100% of these children are likely to attend school. While the impact of trauma is not always visible, its effects are far reaching and have serious consequences. Often the symptoms of trauma are confused with other mental health diagnoses and teachers struggle to understand how to provide support. Educators are uniquely positioned to show empathy and develop supportive and caring relationships with students, which can buffer the effects of trauma. This session will equip teachers and administrators to foster a healing-centered approach in schools that will help children feel safe, connected, and ready to learn.

Part 1: October 20, 3:30 - 4:45 PM

Part 2: October 27, 3:30 - 4:45 PM
Oct 20, 2020 03:30 PM
Oct 27, 2020 03:30 PM
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Tara Becker, LMSW
Mental Health Trainer @Momentous Institute
Tara Becker is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a mental health trainer at Momentous Institute. Tara's background includes work in family case management and refugee resettlement. In her current role, Tara partners with educators and school leaders to support learning around trauma, the brain, and social emotional health in order to improve well-being for school staff and students.
Jennifer Hartmann
Education Trainer @Momentous Institute
Jennifer Hartmann has worked in education for over 13 years. She has worked as a teacher at Momentous School and as an SEL coach on the Forth Worth and Dallas ISD projects for Momentous Institute. Using the knowledge gained from classroom experience and coaching, she teaches other professionals best practices for social emotional health in the classroom. Jennifer graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma City University.