The Trauma Informed Educator

Facilitators: Adelee Penner David Knechtel Renata Logan

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Nov 17, 2021 (9:30 am to 11:30 am MDT)
Day 2Nov 24, 2021 (9:30 am to 11:30 am MDT)
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-MH-065
Focus: Health Instructional Strategies Mental Health Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environments Wellness

Target Audience

Teachers: K-12, School-based Administrators, Support Staff, Instructional Coaches, Learning Coaches, Inclusive Learning Teachers, District Leaders/Consultants, Educational/Instructional Assistants, Specialists who work directly with students, Para-educators and teams who serve children and youth

About this Learning Opportunity

Traumatic experiences can happen to anyone. These events involve actual or perceived threats to the safety and well-being of a child or someone close to them. Learn how adverse childhood experiences (ACES) change the way children see the world and themselves and can have a serious impact on a child’s learning and social-emotional development. This awareness is foundational in establishing trauma informed schools and fostering safety, hope, and resiliency.

The Trauma Informed Educator - Part A - Supporting Students & Staff through Awareness:  A Whole School Approach

In this 2 hour course we will:

  • Learn what trauma is, its prevalence, and how it affects a child/youth’s development, using a Neurosequential Model
  • Discuss how trauma impacts learning, behaviour, and relationships at school
  • Review core attributes of Trauma Sensitive Schools and ways to create a trauma sensitive community
  • Explore the concept of vicarious trauma and the importance of trauma informed practices for yourself and your teams.
  • Resources will be provided that you can take back to your schools.

The Trauma Educator - Part B - Strengthing Learning through Safety, Connection & Collaboration:  A Bottom-Up Approach

When educators and school teams become more trauma-aware, they can then incorporate practical strategies and systems that support healthy attachment and foster resiliency with their students and teams. Using the Neurosequential Model, learn how to use a ‘bottom-up’ approach to build strength-based learning and work environments that support safety, connection and collaboration.

In this 2 hour course we will:

  • Continue to explore trauma informed practices for yourself and your teams
  • Explore the importance of creating effective learning environments through ‘bottom-up’ classrooms, focusing on the 3Rs - regulation, relating and reasoning
  • Review universal strategies that promote safety through co-regulation, strengthening relationships, and building student capacity
  • Discuss the importance of a whole-school approach and how you can advocate for a trauma informed lens within your school
  • Resources will be provided that you can take back to your schools.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community
  • #6: Providing Instructional Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Adelee Penner comes to ERLC having most recently served as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Adelee started her career in Manitoba and moved to Alberta in 2005. Her career has evolved over the years through working in several school jurisdictions, in both the private and public system, and from working for Alberta Education supporting school systems in Field Services. Adelee is a passionate lifelong learner. Using the provocation from Seth Godin, "When was the last time you did something for the first time?", Adelee works with others to create a culture for learning that is comfortable taking risk, trying new things and considers alternate perspectives.

David Knechtel, MScOT, RTC,has devoted his career as an occupational therapist and counselling therapist to working with children and adolescents and building capacity in the adults who support them. He has worked as a school consultant in both pre-kindergarten, elementary & junior high school settings and has worked with families in home and clinical settings. In his current role as an Educator with Alberta Health Services, David develops and facilitates mental health education sessions for caregivers & professionals and leads groups for parents and youth. David enjoys supporting mental health literacy and wellness in individuals, organizations and his community.

Renata Logan, is a Registered Psychologist who has been serving individuals, couples and families of the Edmonton area for the past 15 years. She has a M.Sc. in Marital & Family Therapy and bases much of her work in a holistic frame - believing that the source for healing or lasting change is rooted in the mind-body-spirit triad, as well as the family-community connection. Her intention as an Educator with Albert Health Services and a psychotherapist is to assist persons of all ages and histories in finding a pathway towards improved daily life contentment and well-being.

Partnered with: