Promoting School Preparedness, Community Resilience, and Recovery in the Face of Adversity: Part 3 - Response

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Schools are often in a position to respond to unfolding crisis and tragedy as they are happening. How do we respond? What practices and resources do we implement in real time to support our students and their families in collaboration with community partners? There are increasing expectations that schools engage in response efforts, as a hub of the community. This session will provide practical information about responsive practices and supportive resources to promote collective resilience during episodes of hardship and trauma. We will discuss the responsibility we have to our students, our colleagues, and ourselves when faced with urgent or ongoing stressors. Our focus will be on culturally responsive approaches, opportunities for iterative learning and improvement, and feature local and state examples in the Southeast and nationally. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the components of trauma-informed organizations, including types of traumatic events and intersection of schools and communities during crisis response.
  2. Learn how to incorporate trauma-informed and resilience-oriented responses when crisis and/or tragedy are happening.
  3. Recognize opportunities to make ongoing improvements during real-time implementation of best practice trauma response.
  4. Promote cross-state networking and shared learning about navigating toward recovery during traumatic events.



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Christina Borbely PhD [“borbay”], is a developmental psychologist (Columbia University, 2004) in Aptos, CA. She is coordinator of professional development for Santa Cruz County California Behavioral Health Services and leads her own consulting firm specialized in translating research science into developmentally relevant and culturally competent practices. She strives to support thriving youth in healthy families within safe communities based on connecting evidence of what works to the people and systems serving them (e.g., teachers, social workers, administrators, or volunteers). 

July 13, 2022
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