New Year, New Approaches to Anxiety: Session 1- Trauma Informed Framework for Healing, Managing Anxiety and Building Resilience

3:15 pm - 5:15 pm PT
Session 1 of 4 in the "New Year, New Approaches to Anxiety" Learning Series (view series page)

Note that while you do not need to attend all four, it is highly encouraged to at least attend the first session and build learning thereafter.



  • Understand anxiety and the stress response; review the physiological framework for how stress and trauma affect the body, mind, and emotions
  • Invite self-reflection on how we are impacted by stress and anxiety
  • Learn somatic tools to get present in the body and release stress and anxiety


About the Learning Series

Anxiety impacts all of us and is rooted in many layers of our being: it is physical, psychological, relational, and existential. In this series of workshops for school and the general mental health workforce, Hala Khouri, author, facilitator, and practitioner, will offer a physiological and socio-political framework for anxiety and trauma to support us as we enter a new year. In this series, Hala will share tools and practices to transform our stress and anxiety and build capacity for self and collective care and resilience.

“New Year, New Approaches to Anxiety” Learning Series will address and explore:  

  • Building a culture at work (and home) that values wellbeing

  • Having tools to manage and release stress and anxiety

  • Feeling less overwhelmed and more grounded and inspired

  • Cultivating relationships that are healthy and connected

  • Engaging with the world in a way that reflects your values

  • Building capacity for self and collective care and resilience

  • Finding joy amidst the chaos


Who is this series for?

This series is offered to school and mental health providers in the Pacific Southwest (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau); this series is open to other providers outside of our region. 

  • State leadership (e.g., departments of education, child services, behavioral health)
  • District, county, and local behavioral health and education leadership
  • Professional behavioral and school mental health associations (e.g., associations for psychologists/school psychologists, counselors/school counselors, nurses/school nurses, community and school-based health centers
  • Community-based organizations that provide mental health services

> More about the learning series


Who is the faculty for this series? 

Hala Khouri, M.A., trains direct service providers and educators on how to be trauma-informed with their students and clients. Believing that oppressive systems harm all of us, even those who benefit, Hala has a private practice for individuals and couples. She also works with A Thousand Joys training direct service providers and educators to be trauma-informed and culturally responsive. The focus of both her clinical and group work has been trauma- personal, interpersonal, and systemic.  She brings her decade of clinical experience combined with her experience as a facilitator of group processes for over 15 years. As a Lebanese immigrant in a multi-racial marriage who also gets white skin privilege, Hala is able to be a bridge in the work of equity and inclusion with diverse groups. Hala is known for her compassionate yet straightforward style of facilitation which invites people to grapple with the often charged topics of diversity, inclusivity, justice, and oppression. She knows that none of us individually created these harmful systems, but it’s up to all of us to shift them and create a new paradigm that embraces and celebrates everyone. 

Hala earned her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Community Psychology with an emphasis in Liberation Studies and Social Justice from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Hala is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that helps resolve trauma and its symptoms. She lives in Venice, California with her husband and two sons and teaches yoga classes weekly. 

Listen to Hala on this podcast episode:
EP 129: Healing Individually and Collectively - Nervous System Awareness in Social Justice Activism with Hala Khouri  


Starts: Jan 11, 2022 3:15 pm
Ends: Jan 11, 2022 5:15 pm
Registration Deadline
January 11, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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