Session Detail

Trauma-Informed Evaluation Practices and Special Education
We Can't Ignore the Elephant (or Pandemic) in the Room

Given the increasing prevalence of potentially traumatic events, as well as the complex interactions between disability and psychological distress, it is likely that many students you work with have been impacted by traumatic stress. “Trauma” is not a special education eligibility category under the law, so how do we think about the influence of trauma when conducting evaluations for students referred for special education? Trauma-informed assessment requires an awareness of the prevalence, symptoms, and impacts of trauma, as well as recommendations for strategies to address traumatic stress. In this session, we will talk about what "trauma" means; how traumatic stress impacts learning, development, behavior, and school-related outcomes; when and how to assess for trauma exposure and PTSD-related symptoms; how to understand trauma symptoms vs. ADHD or Autism-related behaviors; and a variety of treatment and classroom recommendations for children and adolescents impacted by traumatic stress.

Important Session Information:

This training is offered via Distance Learning; not onsite at ESC 6. The link to join the training will be emailed to registered participants prior to the scheduled day of the training.

The presenter is Julia Strait, Ph. D.  Dr. Strait is a psychologist, consultant, trainer, and researcher with expertise in adolescent and young adult mental health; childhood trauma; executive functioning skills; and psychological assessment.

"This distance learning session is divided into two parts: Part 1 9:00 - 11:00am and Part 2 12:30 - 2:30pm. For participation credit, you must attend both parts."
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Credits Available:
(4) SD or CPE
Contact Person:
Teresa Anderson
Julia Strait
Assessment (Evaluation) Personnel, Diagnosticians/LSSPs, LSSPs, Special Education Coordinators, Special Education Directors, Speech Language Pathologists
Date Time Location
8/10/2020 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Webinar/Zoom

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