The Impact of Trauma on the Body, Brain and Behavior
Do you feel confident in your ability to recognize and respond to trauma experienced by your students? Are you aware of the tendency to misinterpret trauma-related behaviors in Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students?
The collective trauma experienced by communities during the pandemic is contributing to the current rise in mental health concerns. The burden of this trauma has not been distributed equally across populations thus it is vital for School Health Professionals (SHPs) to understand what behaviors related to trauma may appear in school and how to respond appropriately. SHPs also need to understand the detrimental effects of misinterpreting trauma-related behavior exhibited by BIPOC and other marginalized populations to ensure that the mental health support they provide is equitable and of high quality for all students.
School Nurses, School Psychologists, Adjustment Counselors, anyone interested in School Mental Health
After completing this training, learners will be able to:
- Describe one neurological effect of trauma.
- Identify two ways trauma presents in behavior in children and adults.
- Summarize how behaviors that result from traumatic experiences may be misinterpreted, particularly if the person exhibiting behavior is a Black, Indigenous, Person of color (BIPOC).
- Apply learned strategies for regulating responses when working with a student or staff member who is in distress.
This program is broken into small videos with check-in questions along the way
|Topic||Estimated Time to Complete|
|Welcome, Introductions, Scenario Presentation, levels of stress, types of Trauma||11 mins|
|The Neurophysiological Impact of Toxic Stress and Trauma||14 mins|
|Contextualizing the Impacts of Toxic Stress and Trauma||14 mins|
|Trauma and Equity||7 mins|
|Strategies and Tools for Response||12 mins|
|Co-Regulation and Wrap-Up||9 mins|
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Carol A. Dolan, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health where she focuses on social-contextual determinants of health and mental health and serves as Director of the MPH Certificate in Mental Health and Substance Use.
Carol teaches courses on Individual, Community, and Population Health, Stress, Mental Health, and Psychological Trauma has earned several teaching awards, and enjoys mentoring MPH students who have an interest in public health and mental health. Prior to BU, Carol taught undergraduate, graduate, and online courses in psychology and research to military members and their families stationed in Asia and Europe.
Her research focuses on stress, coping, and health in various contexts and populations, including cardiovascular health, deployed military members, and minority women. Carol has counseling experience with military members, with a focus on how deployments and trauma affect military
Erin Sivak, MSN, BSN, RN
Erin joined BU SHIELD in 2021 and supports the development, delivery, and evaluation of SHIELD programming for school nurses. Erin earned her Bachelor of Nursing Science from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a Masters in Nursing Administration at Northeastern University. She has experience as a school nurse, nursing director for a community provider agency serving adults with developmental disabilities and brain injury, and as a staff nurse on an urgent care unit in a community health center.
CME Program Manager: Lesly Zapata, BA
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this enduring material 1.75 contact hours, none of which are eligible for pharmacology credit.
SHIELD is an approved provider of PDPs. SEL PDPs will be awarded to learners who complete this training
|Course Release Date:||12/01/2021|
|Material Reviewed:||12/01/2021, 11/17/2022|
|Course Expiration Date:||11/17/2023|
- 1.75 ANCCBoston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
- 1.75 Participation
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