The Impact of Stress on Learning and Behavior

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Event Description

This two-day in-person training provides a neurodevelopmentally informed approach to better understand student behavior and performance. This training is intended to assist school mental health professionals and educators to understand the impact that stress has on a child’s brain so that they can become trauma-sensitive and ultimately provide effective supports to their students.


Day One:

  • Explore sequential development and skill building
  • Breaking down the six components necessary for optimal learning environments


Day Two:

  • Breaking down the six components necessary for optimal learning environments (continued)
  • Identifying and creating student interventions and strategies that align with concepts learned in the training


The participant is responsible for all travel, meals, and lodging costs. While lodging accommodations cannot be provided by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, the Residence Inn by Marriott is located directly across the street from the WICHE offices.


1. Participants will be able to modify current student strategies to align with the modes of regulation.

2. Participants will practice utilizing state-dependent behavior intervention plans.

3. Participants will do an audit of current strategies in their area of practice regarding components of neuroplasticity.


Jessica Pfeiffer, PsyD., PCSY, LCSW

Jessica Pfeiffer, PsyD, NCSP, LCSW is the Founder of Intricate Roots and a consultant with the Neurosequential Network. Over the last 16 years, Dr. Pfeiffer has provided keynote presentations, trainings, consultations, coaching, and observations to educational systems around the world. She focuses on embedding a neurobiological lens in the school settings and providing recommendations that are developmentally relevant for students and staff. Dr. Pfeiffer is co-host of Education Suspended, a podcast focused on engaging in conversation with guests who are passionate about evolving our educational system. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Denver, in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She received her Master of Social Work degree and Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate from the University of Denver. Dr. Pfeiffer received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in School Psychology at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Starts: Apr 15, 2024 8:00 am
Ends: Apr 16, 2024 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
February 23, 2024
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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