How to Develop a Trauma-Informed School: Brain Based Interventions for Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills in Children and Adolescents

Presented by Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP

Live Streaming on June 1, 2021


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This online course will be streaming live on June 1, 2021 from 8:00am – 3:30pm Pacific Time (PT) after purchase.

9:30am – 9:45am PT
11:30am – 12:30pm PT
2:00pm – 2:15pm PT

Recored footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until July 5, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 30, 2021

This workshop will explore the neural underpinnings of stress, trauma, and emotional dysfunction in children and its relative impact upon learning.   Environmental deprivation, poverty, childhood abuse, witnessing violence, and pandemics can impact both cognitive and social-emotional development in children.  There will be a discussion on five steps that schools can take to become “trauma-informed”, in order to better meet the diverse needs of all learners.   Schools can enhance emotional wellness through early prevention efforts, appropriate assessment and screening techniques, and an improved school climate to foster emotional growth for all children.  Targeted assessment strategies, specific classroom accommodations, and key coping strategies will be presented for at-risk students.

  • Define trauma and its prevalence rate
  • Polyvagal theory and self-regulation
  • Key brain regions impacted by trauma
  • The impact of COVID-19 upon students returning to school
  • Five pillars of a trauma informed school
  • Classroom strategies for students with trauma
  • Developing trauma informed assessments
  1. Discuss the prevalence of trauma and stress for school aged children, as well as the various sources from which trauma can occur.
  2. Explore key brain regions that are impacted when students experience trauma, and the subsequent effect on academic and social skills’ development.
  3. Review five essential steps toward the development of a “trauma informed” school.
  4. Review various trauma screening tools and specific assessment techniques in order to conduct a “trauma-informed” evaluation.
  5. Discuss specific classroom accommodations along with school-wide interventions, and key coping strategies to induce a more positive school climate for all students.

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., NCSP, ABSNP  is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities, and has authored eight books on learning and emotional disorders in children.  He has more than 20 years of experience as a school psychologist, and is dually certified in school neuropsychology.  Dr. Feifer was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008, and awarded the 2009 National School Psychologist of the Year.  He was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to the Education and Training of Psychologists award by the Maryland Psychological Association.   Dr. Feifer serves as a consultant to a variety of school districts, and is a popular presenter at state and national conferences.  He has authored three tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children, all of which are published by PAR.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits