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Helping Kids Heal: Trauma Sensitive Strategies for the Classroom (Two Parts)
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.
Mar 22, 2022 03:30 PM
Mar 29, 2022 03:30 PM
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Speakers

Méroudjie Denis, Ph.D, LP, LMSW
Bilingual Licensed Psychologist @Momentous Institute
Méroudjie is a licensed psychologist, licensed social worker and trained school psychologist, with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. She provides clinical services to children and families impacted by trauma. Previously, she spent a decade working as an early childhood educator, serving children receiving special education. She earned her Bachelor of Art in psychology from the University of Dallas, her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas-Arlington and her Ph.D. in psychology from Texas women's University.
Jennifer Hartmann, M.Ed.
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.