B Workshops


Please remember to list a 1st and 2nd choice for each workshop block when registering, as workshop spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

B1. Supporting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

This workshop will build off of the information provided in the keynote on Trauma and Child Development. Having information on how trauma impacts brain development and functioning, the next step is what we do for these children and their families through our different systems whether it is education, behavioral health, juvenile justice, child welfare, social programs or developmental disabilities. Minimally typical behavioral interventions may not be effective as well as our academic programs; even worse these can actually do more harm. We will explore how to help children be regulated emotionally and physically so that they can learn, grow and function effectively in the community.

Target audience: Parents, Parenting Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/ Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Providers

Presenter: Patsy Carter, Ph.D., Missouri Department of Mental Health

B2. The Mindful Classroom: Transforming Theory into Practice, Words into Action

This workshop will discuss the definition of toxic stress, how stressors linked to poverty contribute to the development of toxic stress in a child and to be more aware of spotting students who may have been affected by toxic stress. Participants will learn the neurological, physical, and psychological effects of toxic stress on a child and how the effects can be reversed and healed. Participants will learn the definition and techniques of mindfulness and how it heals toxic stress. Participants will receive a Mindfulness Packet full of ideas and suggestions on how to create a safe, peaceful space for children to learn in, whether it is before, during, or after school hours.

Target audience: Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, After School Professionals

Presenter: Barbara Vita, M.Ed., The Village for Families and Children

B3. Dealing with Different Minds: Steps for Ensuring IEPs Address the Needs of Children facing Trauma, Anxiety and Other Social/ Emotional Issues

Anxiety, school avoidance and other issues are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s schools, and students facing these challenges have the right to an appropriate education. Good effective IEPs are vital to ensuring their needs will be met. In this section, we will explore the steps that parents and educators can take to ensure these students’ needs are appropriately addressed. We will explore child find needs, the impact on educational progress, the data needed to craft effective goals, and accurate measurement of achievement. Participants will learn the important steps to craft IEPs that address these needs and to monitor progress toward achieving meaningful goals.

Target audience: Parents, Parenting Educators, Elementary Teachers

Presenter: John Flanders, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center

B4. Recognizing and Healing the Trauma of Father Absence

Children have very real experiences of traumatic loss when their Dad is absent from their lives. We will examine the prevalence of this issue and its impact on a child’s development. And we will explore ways to begin a process of healing along with the soft skills necessary to make it happen.

Target audience: Parents, Parenting Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/ Caregivers

Presenter: Doug Edwards, Real Dads Forever

B5. The Impact of Caregiver Stress on Attachment Relationships with Infants and Toddlers: The Importance of Caregiver Self-care and Emotional Regulation

Infants and toddlers go through an attachment cycle in their first years of life. When an infant or toddler becomes distressed/aroused, they usually cry to signal that they have a need that they want met. When an adult caregiver responds in a timely, predictable and nurturing way and offers relief/gratification to the infant/ toddler, it sets the stage for the development of a trusting and safe relationship. When this attachment cycle continues over and over, hundreds of times/day, and the caregiver responds, helping the infant/toddler to regulate, the infant and child will develop a sense of security, and that they are loved, lovable and can trust an adult in their life.

What happens when the adults in their life, their regulating partners, are feeling stressed? You will learn how stress affects caregivers physically. You will learn techniques on how to regulate your own stress/arousal/emotions, and why it is important to practice self-care.

Target audience: Parents, Parenting Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/ Caregivers, Mental Health Providers, Early Intervention Providers

Presenter: Heidi Maderia, MS, IMH-E, CT-AIMH

B6. Understanding Intimate Partner Violence and Exposure to Children

In this workshop we will identify different types of Intimate Partner Violence and the power and control dynamic. We will look at the possible causes of Intimate Partner Violence and the tactics abusers use to control their partners. We will look at how children are exposed to Intimate Partner Violence and the impact of Intimate Partner Violence on children.

Target audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/ Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Providers

Presenter: Kelly Annelli, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

B7. Creating Momentum to Create a Trauma-Informed Community

Trauma manifests itself in a variety of ways. In fact, 25 percent of youth under 17 have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. In this session, learn about how the community of New Britain is making the mind-shift to becoming a trauma-informed community to better meet the needs of children and families and understand factors that often impede educational and social success. Panelists will discuss lessons learned, collaborative practices, and next steps in this interactive workshop.

Target audience: Early Childhood Teachers, Elementary Teachers, After School Professionals

Presenters: Members of the Coalition for New Britain Youth

For a full list of our presenters and their bios, visit the Speakers page.