James Madison University

Trauma Informed Schools  

Tuesday June 27, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
6 NBCC hours
Ice House, Room 117

Gregory Czyszczon, Ph.D., LPC
April Howard, Ed.S.

John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW

This workshop will provide an introduction to trauma-informed care in schools. Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of trauma and leave with strategies for their classroom, school, and school system. Specifically, we will briefly outline the neurodevelopmental effects of trauma in school-aged children and adolescents. Then, we will explore what it means to be trauma-informed in general and what being trauma-informed in the context of school can look like. Finally, we will share programmatic strategies starting with the classroom and ending with system-wide initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe the neurodevelopmental impacts of trauma on children and adolescents;
  • describe the basic tenets of trauma-informed care;
  • identify and create strategies for use in the classroom;
  • consider the needs of students in their classroom/school/school system in the implementation of trauma-informed approaches; and
  • differentiate between “signal” and “noise” in student behavior.

Presenter Information:

Gregory Czyszczon, Ph.D., LPC, has training in the Circle of Security – Attachment-Based Intervention and is a Trauma Specialist (National Center for Trauma and Loss in Children) with training in the Infant Strange Situation Classification System and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (Child Trauma Academy).

April Howard is Executive Director of Psychological and Student Services for Harrisonburg City Public Schools. April earned a MA and Ed.S in School Psychology as well as Educational Leadership licensure from James Madison University. April is currently enrolled in Eastern Mennonite University’s Restorative Justice in Education Certificate Program and she is an active member of the leadership team for Harrisonburg RJ Coalition. 

John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW, is Lead Trauma and Resilience Educator for ChildSavers. The trainings has conducted include sessions for: schools and school systems (Henrico County Schools, Richmond City Schools, Surry County Schools, Chesterfield County Schools), Community Services Boards (Harrisonburg/Rockingham CSB, Mount Rogers CSB), Hospitals (Western State Hospital), Health Departments (Richmond City Health Department), and Social Services Departments (Prince George DSS, Dinwiddie DSS, Petersburg DSS).