Becoming trauma-informed or trauma-responsive requires a broad base of knowledge and skills. HERE this NOW can assist with providing such knowledge and skill for your change efforts. Better yet, we can teach YOU how to become more equipped in guiding, sherperding, or leading your trauma-informed change efforts.
Truth be told, that’s what we’d prefer.
keynote and conference presentations
HERE this NOW most commonly offers keynote addresses and conference sessions on topics related to the application of The Polyvagal Theory , The Regulated Classroom: “Bottom-Up” Trauma-Informed Teaching, and Trauma-Informed Systems Change. For more information and rates, email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training is on-site professional development. Options can be selected from our list of suggested trainings or customized for your needs. Learn More
Workshops and conferences
HERE this NOW workshops and conferences are designed to be “experiential” and are rooted in principles of The PolyVagal Theory, Somatosensory Processing, Reiki, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing,™ Group Process and Participatory Design. Learn More
HERE this NOW has a distinct approach to coaching that artfully blends counseling, content, and supportive supervision. Depending on the client, coaching can fine tune elements of effective leadership, facilitation, community or team development – all essential to supporting trauma-informed change efforts in a setting or system. Coaching can also offered to educators implementing The Regulated Classroom.
School-Based Case Consultation
HERE this NOW is equipped to provide consultation for your most challenging cases.
Up to this point, most approaches to addressing behavior in an IEP or 504 plan have been behavioral (e.g. ABA), cognitive (e.g. “growth mind-set”), or cognitive/behavioral in approach and primarily focused on increasing student compliance. However, trauma is often best addressed at the somatic level.
IEP’s and 504 plans that address difficult behaviors that result from trauma should focus on self-regulation and environmental design that connotes safety in the body. Self-regulation begins with quieting the primitive part of the brain through “bottom up” strategies and providing cues of safety in the environment and relationships surrounding the student.
“Bottom-up” intervention design involves body-based approaches suited to the individual needs of the student. “Bottom-up” intervention intentionally quiets the primitive part of the brain (fight, flight, or freeze) and builds connection to higher parts of the brain (e.g. neo cortex) responsible for rational/reasonable behavior and higher order thinking.
Rhythmic and organized movement, mindfulness, meditation, resistance work, yoga, Somatic Experiencing,™ rhythmic music, drama, breath work, play, touch, use of sensory tools, occupational therapy exercises, are just a few examples of “bottom-up” intervention design.
Leadership DevelopmenT & Systems Change Consultation
HERE this NOW is schooled and experienced in facilitative, servant, and adaptive leadership approaches. Building on these principles, HERE this NOW can assist clients with refining their leadership approach to support trauma-informed change in their system.
“Becoming trauma-informed” is a process and journey, not an event or destination. In order to create conditions for becoming trauma-informed, intentional and relational strategic planning is a necessity.
HERE this NOW can guide clients in a trauma-informed planning process in order to initiate and sustain systems change – complete with assessment of the internal and external environments, the convening of stakeholders, the facilitation of conversations, the achievement of consensus, and creation of a flexible plan that accurately reflects the “real time” needs, goals, and hopes of the system.