Adult students affected by trauma—loss, domestic violence, childhood abuse, racism, natural disaster, and ongoing poverty—often have numerous difficulties with learning. Teachers who understand the trauma-informed, wellness approach can have a profound impact on their students’ lives.
Join Elizabeth Eastman, MA, MSW, LCSW, in a discussion about the trauma-informed, wellness approach and learn how it meets the needs of adult learners struggling with concentration, memory impairment, procrastination, self-esteem, physical manifestations of stress, and depression. A wellness approach that creates a safe learning environment can meet the needs of all adult learners.
Elizabeth will share essential aspects of trauma-informed wellness in teaching based on her research and teaching experience. She’ll show practical applications in the classroom environment as well as strategies for dealing with boundary issues, disclosures, and students' expression of emotions,
Together, we’ll develop curriculum ideas that you can incorporate into your own class setting.
• Define trauma and explain how it can impact learning
• Understand what it means to be trauma-informed and how teachers can increase a feeling of safety, trust, and belonging in their classroom
• Explain culturally responsive teaching (CRT) and why it is foundational to the approach
• Identify aspects of wellness and explain how it blends with CRT and trauma-informed teaching
• Discuss concerns about using the approach—student expression of emotion, boundaries and making referrals—and how to address those challenges
• Know more about how to integrate aspects of a trauma-informed wellness approach into your own class setting.
Additional resources to be provided.