School Mental Health Part Four: Creating Trauma-Informed Schools and Trauma Sensitive Classrooms

Friday, May 7, 2021, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
School Mental Health Part Four: Creating Trauma-Informed Schools and Trauma Sensitive Classrooms
Fran Kuehn, LICSW

Schools across the nation are reporting increased levels of stress, anxiety, acting out behavior and trauma-reactivity among students. These realities lead to stressed school environments and create vicarious trauma and burnout among educators. This training will lay the foundation for trauma-informed practices that are school-wide, classroom based and 1:1 with a special emphasis on addressing educator well-being.

We know a great deal about trauma and its impact on student learning, learning environments and helping professionals. This workshop will engage participants in understanding the impact of trauma on their professional and personal well-being, how it shows up in schools, and what can be done to ameliorate the impact of trauma on the environment of the school.

Trauma informed practices are applicable to and part of treating a wide array of psychological disorders and enhance skills related to frustration tolerance, communication, self-awareness and self-regulation, impulse control and help seeking.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the types of trauma and how they present in school environments
  • List and demonstrate specific interventions to respond to, treat and improve trauma reactivity
  • Describe how trauma-informed practices are good SEL practices and how to address both in a school environment

Fran Kuehn, LICSW earned his MSW and M.Ed. from Boston University in 2001 and has spent 18 years as a School Social Worker at Brookline High School before accepting a position on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Salem State University. Fran has designed and implemented school and classroom SEL curricula and has led teams implementing whole-school climate and culture change to support SEL skills for Students and Educators. Fran is a Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has a therapy practice in Newton, MA. Fran presents on a wide variety of topics regarding schools and mental health.


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