Trauma Informed Conference

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DeWitt Learning Commons, Northwestern College

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Cost: $65 | lunch included 
Optional additional credit: 1 License Renewal credit $50 | 1 Graduate credit $150    

2nd Annual NWC Trauma Informed Conference for Schools
The one-day conference offers training for PreK-12 school counselors, administrators, teachers, social workers and educational support staff. Gain a better understanding of the impact of traumatic events and behavior outcomes in students, and learn the most current strategies and tools needed to create a trauma-informed learning environment. The day will also feature a viewing and discussion of The Kids We Lose documentary, a film about the human side of children and students with behavioral challenges, and the struggles faced by parents, educators, staff and other professionals in trying to ensure these kids receive the correct help they need. 

Trauma can impact a student's learning, behavior and relationships at school and beyond. By understanding the impact and signs of trauma, classrooms can create safe and supportive learning environments for all students.    

Registration closes April 1st. 
Please contact or 712-707-7388 with any questions or to inquire about late registration. 

Schedule, Speakers and Topics

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in
8:30 a.m. Welcome, Laura Heitritter, NWC Education Department 

Be nice! Creating a trauma responsive culture
Jeff Herzberg, Chief Administrator, Prairie Lakes AEA and Superintendent, Gilmore City-Bradgate CSD
9:20 a.m.  Beyond Understanding: Transforming yourself, your students, your school, and the world
Darcie Van Voorst, Social Worker, Trainer, Consultant  
10:30 a.m.  Break
10:45 a.m. Breakout sessions: 

A Relationship Approach to Preventing School Violence 
John Eyerly, Superintendent, George Little Rock Schools

Sensory Smarts for Educators
Andrea Boerigter, The Speech Mom

Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue: "I thought about quitting today"
Val Stokes, Social worker, Associate Professor of Social Work, Northwestern College
11:45 a.m. Catered lunch
Exhibits available: 
Sanford Harmony
12:45 p.m. 

Breakout sessions: 

Capturing Kids' Hearts: Building Relationships in the High School
Emma Heitritter, Johnston High School Teacher and Implementation leader for Capturing Kids’ Hearts

Creating a Trauma Safe Preschool Environment
Brittany Busch, Integrated Preschool Teacher, Unity Elementary, Sioux City, Gigi's Playhouse 

Sensory Smarts for Educators
Andrea Boerigter, The Speech Mom

1:50 p.m. The Kids We Lose documentary by Ross Green
3:20 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Panel of Experts   
Darcie Van Voorst
Marty Wallace
Haley Van Adel
4:15 p.m. Closing
Sara Waring-Tiedeman, Director NWC Master of Education