For Over 37 Years, Long Island's Leading Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Preventing Bullying and Child Abuse

Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools

November 15, 2019
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM (registration 8:00 – 8:30 AM)

Tickets available online – click here.

Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools: Overcoming the Behavioral Challenges of Students Impacted By Trauma

2200 Northern Blvd, Suite 200, East Hills, (Roslyn) NY

Coffee at Registration and Mid – Morning Continental Breakfast included

Social workers will receive 4 CEU hours.

Keynote Speakers: Patti Cathers LMSW CCTP*, Ellen Feldman LCSW-R CCTP*,
and Kara Santucci MS CCTP*

Presented by School Leaders for Change

Participants: This conference is designed for educators, administrators, mental health professionals and school personnel who are interested in wanting to prioritize their efforts in learning how to create trauma sensitive classrooms and schools.

Childhood adversity, toxic stress, and trauma can negatively impact students’ ability to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. Given the widespread scope and prevalence of childhood adversity and trauma, promoting trauma-sensitive school approaches has the greatest potential to positively impact all students, regardless of trauma history. NASP2019

Participants shall be able to…
Realize the prevalence of trauma as informed by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
Recognize the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma
Discover the motivations behind students’ challenging behaviors
Adopt a perspective shift that enables one to see the behaviors of students as a way to get a need met, rather than being compliant or disobedient.
Explore classroom and whole school strategies that develop resiliency and improved outcomes for all students
Develop a trauma sensitive school-wide approach to discipline.
Questions call Karen Siris, Ed.D at 516-851-0471 or Philip Cicero, Ed.D at 516-233-4464.

* Patti Cathers LMSW and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist is the Director of Program and Volunteer Services at CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) for the past 20 years. She is the primary author and researcher of CAPS’ child abuse and child safety workshops and curricula, and trains K-12 school personnel on youth violence prevention, bully prevention and intervention, and other child safety topics including Restorative Practices and Childhood Trauma. As an expert in the field, she has been interviewed by local and network radio and television stations, the NY Times, and Newsday. She is a W. Burghart Turner Fellow at SUNY at Stony Brook, and worked for the Nassau County Department of Social Services, specializing in child welfare, prior to joining CAPS.

*Ellen Feldman LCSW-R and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist is Supervisor of Education and Training at CAPS. Ms. Feldman has extensive experience working in a variety of different settings including foster care, medical and psychiatric social work, and parent education. She worked as a school social worker for many years where she implemented curricula for students and parents that addressed issues such as personal safety, bullying and internet safety. In her role at CAPS, she has continued her work as a parent educator, most recently at the Nassau County Correctional Center where she works with mothers, as well as, and fathers. She also provides staff development for a variety of different school based populations and has taught parts of the Dignity Act Coordinator Training which is required by all newly certified educators in New York State.

*Kara Santucci MA CCTP is the Bully Prevention Specialist at CAPS and a Certified Olweus Bully Prevention Trainer and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. She is an experienced guidance counselor in high schools in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. She has also worked on the college level as an admissions counselor, and with early intervention pre-school children and their families as well. She has presented conferences and trainings locally as well as nationally. She is a well-known and sought after expert in the field of Restorative Practices and holds an advanced post-graduate certification from The International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) and is a certified RP trainer.