Trauma Sensitive Schools

Presented by Frank Grijalva, MSPH

Trauma Sensitive Schools - 2 Day Training

Dates: April 18, 2016 and May 9, 2016 (must attend both)

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Keystone AEA, Elkader, Iowa

Room D1/2 (4/18) & D4/5 (5/9)

Cost: Free

Credit: Re-certification Credit is available for $85. Participants requiring re-certification will also need to participate in a Zoom meeting on May 18th from 9:00 - 12:00.

To register, click here. Please enter workshop number 52065. Deadline for registration is April 11, 2016.


April 18th

  • How did we get here? It’s not all trauma. Using research to illustrate the social contribution to child affect in school, selected videos, research examples of the human condition.
  • The developmental context of regulation, where does regulation begin, mirroring neurons, mirroring exercise, the environmental compromising of affect management and attachment.
  • How do you develop focus? What happens when a complexly traumatized child begins to trust (violent severed attachment?)
  • The steps to a developmentally appropriate safety plan, through the lens of one model for complex trauma. Understanding attachment and trauma.

May 9th

  • Review of Day 1
  • The evolution of trauma behavior from kindergarten to 12 grade. Local case studies through the attachment lens, application of thinking differently
  • Local case studies through the Immobilization lens, leading the body into mastery
  • Understanding and moving through system barriers, the mentalist model of behavior and where it comes from.
  • Case examples and the application of learning. Q and A

May 18th - Zoom (for re-certification credit)

  • What have you learned?

  • Next steps to implement strategies learned from 2-day sessions

  • Troubleshooting student-specific situations


Frank Grijalva, MSPH is a co-director of the Midwest Trauma Services Network. Frank is involved in consultation and education for more than a dozen agencies in Iowa and Nebraska as well as several agencies nationally and internationally. Frank Grijalva has a BS in psychology with an emphasis on disaster mental health and a Master's of Science degree in Public Health with a focus on child mental health.

As a clinical programming consultant for these agencies he has spent the last several years introducing and training selected trauma informed evidence based practices as well as designing innovations specific to at risk children in Iowa, Florida, Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska and Alaska.

For more information about Frank Grijalava and Midwest Trauma Services Network, click here.


This training was made possible through HAWC Partnerships for Children. For more information about HAWC Partnerships for Children, please visit them on the web:

For more information:

Contact: Amy Holst
Phone: 563-245-1480