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Trauma is an Invisible Backpack: How that Backpack Affects Students, Educators and Communities

Trauma is an Invisible Backpack: How that Backpack Affects Students, Educators, and Communities

Date/Time: January 26, 2021 from 1 PM - 2:30 PM / Meet and Greet at 3 PM

Event Description: We live in a world filled with trauma caused by a myriad of events ranging from the Pandemic to racial and ethnic discrimination to natural disasters to shootings in schools and streets to economic and political upheavals to family dysfunction.  This presentation will focus on understanding the role and impact of trauma and its symptoms on our educational system.  We know that trauma impacts learning and the psychosocial development of students of all ages and stages.  We know too that educators are impacted by primary, secondary, and vicarious trauma.  We strongly suspect there is an intergenerational transmission of trauma.  Despite its omnipresence, we often do not recognize trauma and even when we do see it, we are unaware of the many strategies that can be employed to ameliorate its acute and deferred impacts.  This presentation will provide insights into how we can address trauma (not eliminate it as it never goes away), including readily accessible concrete strategies that will help students, educators, and communities. We can and should have hope because we know that if we can name trauma, then we can then tame it and frame it.  There will be opportunities for questions and answers. Attendees will also receive a discount code for Karen's new award-winning book, Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door

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Check out the corresponding essay here