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Trauma Awareness and Resilience-Harnessing Brain Science: From Trauma-Informed to a Healing-Centered Restorative Approach

Next Date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

1050 First St. NE
First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton II (Room 109)

The natural functioning of our automatic and subconscious nervous system plays a significant role in much of the disruptive behaviors and conflicts that arise in schools, neighborhoods, and homes. In many of our individual bodies and communities, these nervous systems reactions are amplified by layers of trauma, individual, familial, collective, transgenerational, and/or systemic. This fundamentally affects the way students - and educators - are behaving and are able to learn, yet this remains largely unseen and misunderstood. This one-day interactive and self-reflective workshop will offer educators, youth, and youth workers a space to share and integrate their experiences, as well as a new brain informed lens for understanding the nervous system, trauma, and resilience in order to make their schools more emotionally safe, supportive and healing. As a result of the workshop, it is anticipated that participants will come away with greater understanding of behaviors and conflicts from a nervous system perspective and use restorative and brain-informed steps to support (self)-reconnection and resilience growth. A few trauma-sensitive techniques for de-escalation and stress release will be shared, but participants will not be prepared to address severe trauma responses absent further training and more inner practices and integration of healing techniques. Many additional resources for further trainings will be shared post-workshop.

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].