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Trauma Informed Care Workshop

Monday-Wednesday, June 26-28, 2017, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Cost: $499

This three-day, noncredit workshop for K-12 educators and school leaders examines the influence of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences on psycho-social growth and brain development. Through reflection and practice, participants will learn responsive practices to help students develop resilience and flourish.

Prolonged exposure to trauma, such as abuse and neglect, interferes with brain development, learning, behavior, and social relations, which are likely to impact children’s academic success, the overall school environment, and communities. Children learn when they feel safe and cared for. Research shows that the strongest buffer toward adversity is a supportive adult who listens, understands, supports, and sets high expectations.

The workshop provides practical support for K-12 teachers with knowledge about the brain, trauma, character strengths, executive, function, relationships, and practical strategies to respond — rather than react — to children who are exposed to toxic stress and adversity.

This workshop uses videos, case-studies, role-plays, dialogue, lecture, and reflections to:

  • Understand the impacts of childhood trauma on the brain, body, and relationships.
  • Discover and use character strengths to develop resilience.
  • Understand and develop strategies to support the development of executive functions.
  • Create responsive relationships and classrooms/schools to increased student engagement and motivation.
  • Engage in solution talk with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Rekindle empathy, understanding, and support for children and youth.

The workshop emphasizes relationships, character strengths, executive functions, and culture as pathways to become an intentional practitioner who focuses on positive outcomes for all children. The workship is tailored to the needs of educators and administrators from local Richmond-area school divisions who seek training in care for students who have experienced trauma and toxic stress.

Fees & Registration

The $499 workshop fee includes lunch daily in the award-winning Heilman Dining Center along with all course materials.

The workshop provides 24 contact hours, and up to 45 recertification points may be earned by completing follow-up projects in consultation with the instructor. This workshop is also available as a graduate course for those seeking graduate credit (and 90 recertificate points) toward relicensure or professional development.

Follow the Register link below to complete our online registration process.

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About the Instructor

Erik K. Laursen, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized developer of innovative programs for high risk and traumatized children and their families. He has created and administered therapeutic treatment programs in residential, psychiatric, crisis stabilization, educational, and foster care organizations, therapeutic services in public schools, and services for children with neurological differences.

Healing Presence: Being with Kids in Pain

Journal article by Dr. Laursen about trauma-informed care

Contact Us

Graduate Education Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
North Court
421 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8427