2nd Annual NH Trauma Responsive Schools Conference


Join (L-R) Emily Read Daniels, James Moffett, and Lara Kain for an unforgettable 2-day conference in Portsmouth, NH. This cohort model experience delivered in a restorative environment is designed to leave participants prepared, supported, connected and inspired to champion trauma-responsive change in their schools.

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HERE this NOW is thrilled to announce its 2nd Annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference in Portsmouth, NH May 7-8, 2020.  This event will occur at beautifully appointed Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center.  

This conference experience is unlike other conference formats.  We employ a cohort model by limiting the number of participants in order to maximize psychological safety, depth of learning, and individualized attention.   This immersive 2 day experience will equip trauma-informed champions with the knowledge and skills to shepherd trauma-informed change in their respective settings.

Participants will be guided by experienced trauma-informed consultants Lara Kain, Emily Read Daniels, and James Moffett.  

Participants will gain an understanding of the relevance and application of The PolyVagal Theory in schools.  They will learn about process and structures that guide cultural change, as well the principles, strategies, and practices of trauma-responsive schools.

Past participants universally rate the experience as “excellent”  and offer these kind of reflections:

“This was an incredible journey of professional and personal growth.  Lots of application to so many areas of professional and personal life.”  – Laura Thomas, trauma-informed coach, TREE, Maine

“I have attended many professional conferences and this far surpasses any of them.  The level of engagement, knowledge, and experience shared by the presenters is unsurpassed.”  –Tracie Travers, JMG coach, Maine

“This was, by far, the most engaging, intentional and powerful training I have ever attended.  I have been working on TIC practices/understanding for a few years, but the depth and richness of this information was new.”  – Julie Voelker, Principal, WISD, Michigan

“The presenters provided content and space to grapple with the content.  The whole experience was so informative and powerful for the continued work!” – Heather Freeman, Director of Special Education, Hardwick, VT

“Best conference I have ever attended!  Above and beyond expectations and truly life changing.  Thank you!” – Kelsey Stephenson, School Counselor, Biddeford, ME

Join Emily, James, and Lara to connect with like-minded educators and increase your skill and confidence in spreading this movement to and through your school.

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Presenter Bios

Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP™ in training

Emily Read Daniels has 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth.  She holds a Master’s of Education in School Counseling and a Master’s of Business Administration in Organizational Sustainability.  She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner (SEP) in training. She is a trained Reiki practitioner and trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Much of Daniels’ career was spent as a public educator and school counselor – developing programs and interventions to serve at-risk youth (pre-K – grade 12) and hardworking staff. In June of 2017, she resigned her position as a student-assistance counselor to launch her own consulting firm.  Her firm, HERE this NOW, provides training, coaching, and consultation to those seeking to become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.  

Daniels has also developed an approach to trauma-informed teaching called, “The Regulated Classroom: ‘Bottom-Up’ Trauma-Informed Teaching” which is currently in product development and expected to be available for retail sale in 2019. Daniels’ consults locally and nationally and has presented at numerous conferences around the country.  She has provided training to more than 20 school districts in New Hampshire and numerous non-profit such as NH NAEYC, Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, NEA, MADAC, YMCA Keene, Families First, NAMI NH, etc.

James Moffett

James Moffett was the principal of Derby Hills Elementary School in Derby, Kansas. Throughout his career, Moffett taught various demographic groups, observing the differences and similarities in effective instructional and behavioral strategies. Ultimately, James realized what we all know, meaningful relationships enhance behavior and academic success. Moffett often threw around the words “grit” and “perseverance”, but after viewing Paper Tigers, it came full circle.

Since then, James worked to create a trauma-informed environment at Derby Hills Elementary, encompassing safe spots, mindfulness, self-regulation and an explicit SEL curriculum. James recently resigned his position as principal to take on full time consulting work. He launched JM Educational Consulting in April of 2019 and has brought his #lovekids campaign to more than 20 cities around the country.  

Lara Kain

Lara Kain is a community facilitator for the ACES Connection and an experienced trauma-informed consultant.  She is a national speaker on trauma-informed schools and has been leading trauma-informed school change efforts since 2010, first in Wisconsin and now the greater LA area and beyond.  She designed the trauma-informed schools pilot for Kaiser-Permeante, currently being implemented in 20 schools across the country.

Additional information

Ticket Type

Group Rate, General, Early Bird

Event Details

Who: principals, assistant superintendents, superintendents, curriculum and instruction directors, special education directors, student services directors, school counselors, student assistance counselors, special education teachers, teachers, behavior therapists, OT/PT, SLP, school social workers

Cost:  General $499;  Early Bird $399 before 01/01/2020
- includes continental breakfast and lunch daily.  ACCOMMODATIONS NOT INCLUDED.

Lodging:  On the same block as the conference center:  Hampton Inn and Suites    Residence Inn by Marriot 

Contact Hours:  12

Start date: May 07, 2020

End date: May 8, 2020

Start time: 09:00 a.m.

End time: 04:00 p.m.

Venue: Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center


Phone: 603-525-4443