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Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
The Power of Relationships for Education Support Professionals

Thursday, August 31, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EST

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You have the Power of One to start a fire, but you need the Power of Many to keep the fire burning. 

If you can’t relate, nothing else really matters. Relationships may be the most important variable in being an effective ESP. The challenges ESP's must face to build trusting relationships include the four C’s: communication, collaboration, culture and caring. The barriers to education for students include: ACE (adverse childhood experiences), the trauma informed brain, adolescent risk behaviors, including sex, drugs (including marijuana and heroin/opioids), and violence (including bullying and suicide). Effective approaches to facilitate learning include: the whole child/school/community concept, brain-based learning, enhancing motivation, promoting positive mental health, stress-reduction, resilience education, SEL (social emotional learning), positive school climate, and the importance of storytelling (including digital storytelling) and picting (social media sharing visuals). The program is filled with “tips from the trenches” to help you keep whole students and school staff safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better. 

Dr. Stephen Sroka has spoken worldwide with The Power of One message, how one person can make a difference. One year ago, Steve died while presenting a school in-service. Two SRO’s, a principal, two school psychologists (one being his daughter) and others saved his life and changed his message. He now talks about The Power of Many, how it takes a team to make a difference. Research-based and reality-driven, this session offers honesty, humor, and hope. It will fire you up professionally and personally. 

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Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
Education Support Professionals: Supporting Students at Times of Crisis

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EST

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Crisis is common in the lives of students, whether due to a crisis involving a student's individual family or one that affects the entire school community. These crises have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. Educational support professionals play a vital role in providing important support to students through their individual interactions with students as well as through the impact they have collectively on the school climate. This support promotes students’ understanding of the event, helps them learn coping strategies to accelerate adjustment and minimize their distress, and minimizes maladaptive coping mechanisms and behavioral difficulties. The presentation will provide practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a crisis and to promote effective coping strategies to reduce the impact of the crisis. 

The presenter, David J Schonfeld, MD, established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He spoke on a different, but related topic (Supporting the grieving student) at a prior webinar.  He will draw on 30 years’ experience in school crisis response to provide examples and answer questions from participants.

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Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
Education Support Professionals: Supporting Students Suffering From the Absence of their Parents

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EST

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Support from parents and caregivers is a vital component in a child’s development. Many children suffer because of the temporary absence and /or permanent loss of this stable adult influence in their lives. A variety of factors can cause this loss including incarceration, mental illness, substance abuse and death.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Thomas Demaria from the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement. It will discuss how children come to understand and adjust to real and ambiguous losses and offer practical suggestions on how education support professionals can create a school climate where children are able to talk about their losses and receive needed support. The free resources developed by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students (of which NEA is a Founding Organizational Member) will be highlighted.

Thomas Demaria, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist and a Fellow of the Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association. He is the Director of the Psychological Services Center of the Doctoral Psychology Program at Long Island University Post and founder of the Graduate Student Trauma Response Team which was awarded the Innovative Program Award from the National Counsel of Schools of Professional Psychology. Dr. Demaria currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement and is involved in training initiatives for the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. Dr. Demaria has earned numerous awards for leading hundreds of community disaster counseling responses during the past 30 years and served as a volunteer for Greater New York and Nassau County Red Cross and the Salvation Army. He provided guidance during the planning of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, is a two time recipient of the prestigious New York State Liberty Award for community service in New York following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and winner of a Humanitarian Award by the Center for Christian & Jewish studies for his work with Holocaust survivors. Demaria was co-recipient of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence for his clinical work with World Trade Center families and 9/11 First Responders and later earned an ISTSS Distinguished Mentor Award for his teaching of students in the field of trauma. Recently Dr. Demaria coauthored with Dr. David Schonfeld the “Child & Disaster” and “Bereavement” practice guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatrics.



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