Educators know that their students come to school having had all kinds of lived experiences, including Trauma. We will explore how trauma impacts brain development as well as the long-term educational, emotional, and physical impacts of trauma. We will investigate how resiliency can prevent/reverse the effects of trauma and how resiliency can be developed. We will discuss important considerations and practical tools when dealing with trauma including:
We will then practice Non-Violent Communication (NVC) methods as a way to effectively communicate and prevent misunderstandings or re-traumazations of your student and yourself. Finally we will transition into why restorative practices are important for all students, but particularly for students who have been exposed to trauma, and how to effectively restore! At each stage of the presentation we will practice these skills with exercises for a variety of age groups.
PRESENTERS:Bethany Friedlander, President & CEO of NewBridge, has a demonstrated record of developing and managing high performing teams. She has experience with program development, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and is a Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher and expert in the practice of Mindfulness.
Bethany has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve University and a secondary teaching certificate in history from Cleveland State University.
Bethany Monteiro, Former Peace Corps Volunteer and current Director of SEL at NewBridge, is responsible for developing arts-inspired SEL curriculum, facilitating and evaluating youth programming and student leadership projects, serving as a community liaison for SEL development, and providing SEL professional development/training to NewBridge’s staff as well as professionals from various outside organizations.
Bethany majored in Neuroscience and minored in Art History with her B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.