SMHI Webinar: 7 Essential Ingredients of Trauma Sensitive Schools


Presented by Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW.  This webinar will provide an overview of the essential ingredients for a trauma sensitive school. The prevalence and impact of trauma on behavior and learning will be reviewed. Concrete strategies and tools for shifting perspective and mindset in your school towards a trauma sensitive lens will also be shared. Additional strategies to increase student regulation, build positive relationships, create a sense of identity and belonging and foster resilience will be given. Finally, we will touch on the need for educators to engage in strategies that increase caregiver capacity and reduce compassion fatigue and burnout.

Learner Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the high prevalence of trauma in our classrooms.
  2. Participants will have access to resources and strategies to create trauma sensitive practice in their school.
  3. Participants will learn strategies to combat compassion fatigue and burnout in educators.

Presenter Information

Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW, is the director of Clinical Services and staff development for SaintA. Since 1997, Sara has been collaborating with school districts to provide consultation and training in working with students affected by trauma, mental health issues or behavioral challenges. She currently oversees a continuum of services providing direct care to students, families and schools to increase student success. She also currently supports program staff for SaintA’s various lines of service to implement trauma informed care in their work with children in child welfare and out of home care. Sara is a member of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Trauma Sensitive Schools work group is the co-author of the Trauma Sensitive Schools Toolkit available on the DPI website. She has trained more than 7,000 staff members on Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools and provided training and certification on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) to SaintA clinicians. Sara has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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