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Trauma Based Conference

NWC Trauma Based School Conference

One Day Educators Conference
Friday, March 23 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Vogel Community Room (second floor of the Learning Commons)
Northwestern College   
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$65 Teachers | $10 Students | lunch included
$95 License Renewal credit | $150 Graduate credit available  (optional credit)


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Trauma Based Training  

The one-day conference offers training for PreK-12 school counselors, administrators, teachers, social workers and educational support staff. Gain a better understanding of the impact of traumatic events and behavior outcomes in students, and learn the strategies and tools needed to create a trauma-informed learning environment. Breakout sessions with topics on identifying the effects of PTSD in children, strategies for creating a trauma-informed classroom and creating a positive classroom with  Sanford Harmony training. The first 75 attendees who register will receive a one-year subscription to access  Trauma Informed Online Academy materials.

Recent studies have shown that nearly every school has students who have experienced some type of trauma including direct abuse, violence, adversity, or witnessing these overwhelming events. Trauma can impact a student's learning, behavior and relationships at school and beyond. By understanding the impact and signs of trauma, classrooms can create safe and supportive learning environments for all students.     

Continuing Education Credit Available

Educators earn 1 license renewal ($95) or graduate ($150) credit.

Conference Schedule

8:00-8:30 am


8:30 – 9:00 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Trauma Academy

9:00– 9:15 am

Heather Forbes, LCSW (live video welcome) 
Author, Speaker, School Consultant, Parent Coach 

9:15 – 10:30 am

Darcie Van Voorst, Social Worker, Trainer, Consultant
Overview of the Brain Impact on Learning after a Traumatic Event 

10:30 – 10:45 am


10:45 am-Noon

Breakout Sessions


Darcie Van Voorst, Social Worker, Trainer, Consultant
Building strategies to calm the brain and body: Zones of Regulation


Lori Hayungs 
Building resiliency skills: calming the body with yoga

Noon – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 2:15 pm

Breakout Sessions


Sara Waring-Tiedeman, Director Master of Education Program
Derek, Education Professor, Northwestern College  
Sanford Harmony Training


Dr. Val Stokes, Social Work Professor, Northwestern College  
Polyvagal theory & trauma: using mindfulness in the classroom

2:15 – 2:30 pm


2:30 – 3:30 pm

Jolene Philo, author, speaker and blogger  
Beyond Behavior Management: Making Traumatized Children Feel Safe Again  

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Implementing what you've learned | Trauma Informed Online Academy materials

4:00 pm

Meeting for those taking the workshop for credit