While many children have unfortunately experienced trauma despite their young age, numerous researchers from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to NIH have indicated that many children have experienced and continue to experience trauma during the COVID-19 Pandemic. With stay-at-home orders lifted children and educators are returning to the physical classroom, children are showing up with more emotional and behavioral issues. Trauma is particularly challenging in the classroom as children don’t always express distress and trauma the way that adults often do. They will often display it by acting out aggressively or by being emotionally charged. As a result, many educators are grieving the children that they used to teach while simultaneously grieving the educators they used to be. This webinar will explore trauma responses in the classroom, exploring student emotional dysregulation and the importance of recognizing and addressing vicarious trauma. We will explore the ABCs of trauma, Focusing on stages of development trauma and development, four domains of development, the impact of trauma on the brain, attachment deficits, and more. Participants will learn how to assess childhood trauma and how to effectively address it in the classroom. This is an interactive workshop where case vignettes will be presented and discussed.
Ms. Cruz is a bilingual (Spanish/English) clinical and forensic social worker who has worked with children, adolescents and families for over eighteen years. Ms. Cruz was employed for ten years, as a forensic social worker at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County. In addition from 2000-2014 she worked as an emergency room and psychiatric social worker. She has extensive experience in inpatient psych and partial hospitalization psych programs. Ms. Cruz specializes in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addiction, trauma and working with diverse ethnic groups.
Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in psychology and received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health and addiction from the University Of Maryland School Of School Work. In 2014 she completed an advanced two year post graduate Forensic Social Work Certification through the University of Maryland Continuing Education Department. In 2008 she co-created the Forensic Social Work Committee for NASW and in 2010 became the sole chair, a position she maintained until 2016 when she resigned due to other professional obligations but she continues to advocate for legislative changes. Under her leadership the committee successful hosted two national forensic social work conferences and successfully advocated for various legislative bills and reform. She maintains various professional memberships and affiliations.
Ms. Cruz is an Adjunct Professor:
Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Summarize and appraise the manifestation of trauma in the classroom
Explore the 5 main expressions of trauma in the classroom: Language & communication, social & emotional regulation, building relationships, play and withdrawal
Analyze the connection between childhood trauma and increased mental health and educational deficits
Participants will be provided with an array of tools, strategies, and resources to equip them to properly respond to trauma in the classroom
BIBLIOGRAPHY & REFERENCES
Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement
The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 6 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.
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Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists
All those interested in Topic Welcomed
Fee & Registration:
Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after July 6, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.
*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.
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