Best Practices and Helpful Considerations for Responding to Traumatic Stress in Schools for School Staff; HHS Region 8
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Trauma can result in immediate emotional and behavioral concerns, adversely impacting both staff and student mental health and the learning environment. The pandemic has added to these stress responses, with traumatic stressors including loss of loved ones, familial financial losses, isolation, loss of stability, perception of danger, and fear of the unknown. This training addressed the adverse impact of traumatic stress on staff, including best practices and helpful considerations for use when responding to traumatic stress in schools. This training is for administrators, teachers, and support providers.
After attending this session, participants can expect to:
- Increase their knowledge of the impact of traumatic stress.
- Identify potential triggers and behaviors signaling traumatic stress.
- Learn tips to manage and support behaviors at an individual and school-wide level.
Erin Briley, MS, NCSP
Erin Briley is a Technical Trainer for the Mountain Plains MHTTC and works for WICHE’s Behavioral Health Program as a Research and Technical Assistant Associate. Ms. Briley’s primary role with the WICHE Behavioral Health Program involves assisting the creation and implementation of Psychology Internship Consortiums in rural western states and providing training and supports for school behavioral health. Ms. Briley has worked in schools for 20 years, serving primarily as a school psychologist and providing educational and behavioral health support for children ages 3 through 22. Erin earned her Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University, her Master’s in Counseling/School Psychology, and a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University Los Angeles. She is currently earning her PhD (ABD) in Clinical Psychology.