Proposal Title

Carrying baggage or a building a toolkit for adventure? Shifting to trauma-informed class spaces and teaching

Presentation Type

Regular Presentation

Location

OM 3741

Start Date

19-2-2019 8:50 AM

End Date

19-2-2019 9:30 AM

Proposal Abstract

“The goal of trauma-informed systems is to avoid retraumatizatizing individuals and support safety, choice, and control in order to promote healing” (Poole, 2015). For a range of reasons, students may feel most comfortable, or that it is necessary, for them to disclose experiences of sexualized violence to faculty members. The purpose of this workshop is to equip faculty members with knowledge and skills for building trauma-informed classes and for responding in a positive way, if disclosures happen. Recognizing that the front line relationship building faculty do with students is inevitable and invaluable, this interactive workshop will explore specific ideas about how to create classes that are mindful of the diverse, and sometimes traumatic, experiences students bring with them. It will encourage shifting from seeing this as “baggage” they need to carry to asking what we can do to enhance their toolkits throughout their time at TRU. While the focus will be on a context of sexualized violence, the information will be adaptable to different kinds of experiences. In addition to general tips for trauma-informed classrooms, we will briefly cover what TRU’s Sexual Violence Policy (BRD 25-0) can and cannot do and give an overview of helpful responses as well as resources. We look forward to sharing and discussing practical steps each of us can take to create safer classes for those who have experienced sexualized violence.

Statement

While teaching and learning is usually an exciting adventure, adventure does not always come without adversity or challenges. This workshop helps to think proactively about navigating some of those potential challenges - students who are impacted by trauma and receiving disclosures of sexualized violence - to support positive adventures!

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Feb 19th, 8:50 AM Feb 19th, 9:30 AM

Carrying baggage or a building a toolkit for adventure? Shifting to trauma-informed class spaces and teaching

OM 3741

“The goal of trauma-informed systems is to avoid retraumatizatizing individuals and support safety, choice, and control in order to promote healing” (Poole, 2015). For a range of reasons, students may feel most comfortable, or that it is necessary, for them to disclose experiences of sexualized violence to faculty members. The purpose of this workshop is to equip faculty members with knowledge and skills for building trauma-informed classes and for responding in a positive way, if disclosures happen. Recognizing that the front line relationship building faculty do with students is inevitable and invaluable, this interactive workshop will explore specific ideas about how to create classes that are mindful of the diverse, and sometimes traumatic, experiences students bring with them. It will encourage shifting from seeing this as “baggage” they need to carry to asking what we can do to enhance their toolkits throughout their time at TRU. While the focus will be on a context of sexualized violence, the information will be adaptable to different kinds of experiences. In addition to general tips for trauma-informed classrooms, we will briefly cover what TRU’s Sexual Violence Policy (BRD 25-0) can and cannot do and give an overview of helpful responses as well as resources. We look forward to sharing and discussing practical steps each of us can take to create safer classes for those who have experienced sexualized violence.