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Pine Ridge Girls' School: Trauma Responsive Practices
September 14, 2020


Pine Ridge Girls' School: Trauma Responsive Practices

This free series consisted of two, 75-minute training sessions that provided technical assistance to the Pine Ridge Girls' School in South Dakota, in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Region 8. With a focus on trauma and healing within a cultural context, trainers discussed stigma, resilience, trauma informed teaching approaches, and supporting families to support their students.

Part One

September 13, 2020

This session explored the effects of trauma on behavior and learning, trauma informed techniques in the classroom, modifications for virtual learning environments, and teacher self care to avoid burnout.

Part Two

September 20, 2020

This session discussed partnering with families to support learning and parent and family education to support students' mental wellness.


Stefanie Winfield MSW

Stefanie Winfield is a Research and Technical Assistance Associate with the Behavioral Health Program. Her work at WICHE focuses on the Mental Health Technical Transfers Center’s work providing intensive technical assistance and training to elementary schools. Stefanie comes to WICHE with extensive experience working in schools promoting youth sexual health, conflict and angry management, behavioral health education, and school-based health care. With over 17 years of experience working with nonprofits and community organizations, Stefanie has done everything from grant management and implementation, to program and outcome evaluation, training and facilitation. Stefanie received her BSW from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and her MSW from the University of Denver. She has also completed certificates in the Advanced Study of Program Evaluation, Accelerated Learning, E-learning Design and Organization Development.


Liza Tupa, PhD

Dr. Liza Tupa is the Director of Education and Research for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Behavioral Health Program (WICHE BHP) and a technical trainer for the Mountain Plains MHTTC. A licensed clinical psychologist, her work at the WICHE BHP has included expanding rural psychology internship development to seven western states, behavioral healthcare workforce training, service delivery system and clinical consultation, statewide behavioral health needs assessments, and developing toolkits for Suicide Prevention in Primary Care and School Behavioral Health Advocacy.