F Workshops

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Full descriptions of all our workshops are available online to help you in selecting your preferences.  Please remember to list a 1st and 2nd choice for each workshop block, as workshop spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


F1. Adventure Education in Your Classroom

Adventure education is the promotion of learning through adventure centered experiences. Adventure education often employs practical skills that will benefit an individual in areas beyond the activities in an adventure program. It is our goal to provide leaders with practical applications in group leadership through the following program tactics: group formation, selection of activities, briefing, leading, and debriefing the group. During this presentation we will give you tools to support social and emotional development of the children you work with. The presentation will also allow experiences in group activities that can be brought back to the classroom. There will be many take always that can be useful to any program. “I see, I forget. I hear, I remember. I do, and I understand.” Ancient Chinese proverb.

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

Presenters: Sarah Maffiolini & Jennifer Filer, Town of Windsor


F2. Wounded Places: Confronting Childhood PTSD in America’s Shell-Shocked Cities (part of the Raising of America documentary series)

This powerful 42-minute document will be viewed with a facilitated talk back session to discuss the content and debrief with the audience. The film helps to answer questions like “How can so many of our kids show signs of PTSD?” Why do we label them “bad” kids rather than “injured” kids in need of healing? It encourages the audience to ask, “What happen” to them instead of “why do they do that?” Moving the conversations from judgment to understanding and hope.

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

Presenters: Joyce Bosco, Catholic Charities & Scott Newgass, LCSW, Connecticut State Department of Education


F3. Mindful Yoga Breaks Breaks in the Pre-k – 3rd Classroom

This workshop will help teachers, librarians, social workers, therapists and anyone working with children to bring focus, self-regulation & fun to your classroom, home or office while fostering social emotional learning. You will learn tools such as breathing exercises, mindfulness, yoga poses, yoga & mindfulness games & relaxation. Participants will leave with dozens of ideas to add to your teaching tool box that can be used in 1 min, 5 min, 10 min or 15 min breaks throughout your day. A manual is provided with descriptions of everything you learn as well as sample lesson plans.

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

Presenter: Lani Rosen-Gallagher, Full of Joy Yoga/Mindful Yoga Breaks


F4. Art Breaks for Healing

Expressive arts can be used in the classroom and at home to effectively reach traumatized and mainstream students. Neurological studies, as well as personal experience, show the effectiveness of using Art Breaks for both healing and learning. Trauma survivor and adoptive parent, Deb Moyer, MDiv, will introduce teaching tools that draw on her interdisciplinary contemplative creativity practice of using the expressive arts and healing with people of all ages. Participants will learn concrete ways to integrate different art forms into the classroom to help traumatized children. Art forms to be examined include music, creative writing, puppetry, painting, collage and many more. You do not have to have a formal background in the arts to utilize these simple ideas!

Target audience: Parents, Elementary Educators, After School Professionals

Presenter: Deb Moyer, Art Breaks


F5. Moving Beyond Trauma with Resiliency-Building Practices: Healing from the past | Help in the present | Hope for the future

The future of our children and youth is of great concern in our nation today – specifically, the many children who have been exposed to or are at high risk for a variety of threats/trauma that impact their ability to achieve optimal health. Additionally, in the wake of all the traumatic events taking place around the globe, learning how to be resilient is vital. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore various resiliency-building practices and simple tools designed to use immediately, either at home, at work or with the families they serve.

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

Presenter: Rebecca Lemanski, MSW, CTPEC, FDC, Community Health Center, Inc.


F6. 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


F7. Assessing Readiness to Implement Trauma-Informed Practices: the Experience of a Staffed Family Child Care Network

High-quality child care, like trauma informed practices, includes consistent, nurturing, and responsive care, while trauma-informed care is also defined by increasing awareness of exposure to potentially traumatizing experiences, recognizing signs of trauma-related responses, and developing strategies to avoid re-traumatization. Implementation of trauma-informed policies throughout an organization or network is a form of primary prevention that creates a safe and strength-based environment to prevent crises and promote resilience. The presenters will share the results of a one-year Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale School of Medicine and the staff of All Our Kin, Inc., a non-profit, staffed family child care network based in southern CT. Participants will be able to understand the process of developing and implementing this research, with a menu of concrete ways other entities and professionals working
with young children can build their capacity around trauma knowledge and becoming trauma informed. Participants will also learn valuable lessons about their process and progress and leave with strategies about how to begin or continue the process of becoming trauma informed in their own roles and affiliated organizations.

Target audience: Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers

Presenter: Dana Holahon & Ana Elisa Franco-Labarga, All Our Kin, Inc., New Haven; Courtney Lockhart McMickens, Boston University Medical Center