Trauma and the Healing Power of Empathy

We're excited to be presenting at the 4th Annual AT|N Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference this year happening from February 15th through the 18th.

Trauma is damaging, but science shows that empathic relationships heal

Educators are walking closely with children through the stress of transition, the processing and healing from the loss of safety, and, for many, the trauma of the global pandemic.

Because prolonged stress can hinder development, the critical role of educators in both helping to provide emotional safety and co-regulation as children return to school cannot be overstated.

In addition, many educators have themselves experienced a prolonged state of toxic stress over the course of the pandemic. Equipping educators to care for both themselves and others during this time is essential to reintegration and healing.

We're excited to be presenting at the 4th Annual AT|N Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference this year happening from February 15th through the 18th.

Experienced FuelEd trainer and Social-Emotional Learning Specialist at Spring Branch ISD Brian Jaffe will be walking participants through a workshop at 11 am Central Time.

The Healing Power of Empathy

The workshop is designed to support all school staff — district administrators, school principals, teachers, and support staff — in achieving the following objectives:

  • Identify how stress and trauma impact physical and emotional well-being
  • Recognize the indicators of trauma and stress in ourselves and others
  • Reflect on one's own experiences of trauma and loss
  • Develop strategies for co-regulation during stressful transitions
  • Develop empathic listening skills to process and address student stress and trauma

Registration information is here and we encourage you to get signed up asap as the conference is sure to be a powerful and insightful event.

Our session is on Monday, February 15th at 11 am Central Time.


About the author

Brian Jaffe

Trainer - Houston TX

Brian has worked in Houston public education as both a teacher and administrator since joining Teach For America in 2006. Currently, he serves as Student Support Specialist at YES Prep Gulfton where he is working to support staff and students in behavioral intervention and student social-emotional development. As a former participant in FuelEd programming, Brian understands first-hand the impact the model can have on an individual and how that impact translates into stronger relationships and student social-emotional and academic development in the classroom. Brian is a certified Principal and Teacher in the State of Texas and holds his MBA from Rice University (REEP).

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