Trauma Informed School Newsletter--April 2016 Edition

REMINDER: Mental Health CEU's

Want to know some great news?! If you have been attending the School Social Worker's Trauma Informed PD sessions, those minutes count towards the 2.0 Mental Health CEU's required for your re-licensure!! If you need a certificate stating that you have attended, contact me and I will get one to you!!

Andrea Jagusch--651-744-3362 or

The ProQOL: Professional Quality of Life Assessment

Professional quality of life is the quality one feels in relation to their work as a helper. Both the positive and negative aspects of doing your work influence your professional quality of life. People who work helping others may respond to individual, community, national, and even international crises. They may be health care professionals, social service workers, teachers, attorneys, police officers, firefighters, clergy, transportation staff, disaster responders, and others. Understanding the positive and negative aspects of helping those who experience trauma and suffering can improve your ability to help them and your ability to keep your own balance. The ProQOL is the most commonly used measure of the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue.

What does it do??

•Individual, personally

–The ProQOL can help you plan where to put your energy to increase our resilience

•Organizational planning

–Can help organizations find ways to maximize the positive aspects and reduce the negative aspects of helping

•Supportive Supervision

–The ProQOL can be used as information for discussions

The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success

March MADNESS and the importance of SELF-CARE


Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling at every moment — without interpretation or judgment.

Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises, on the other hand, can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you.

What are the benefits of mindfulness exercises?

Practicing mindfulness exercises can have many possible benefits, including:

  • Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
  • Less negative thinking and distraction
  • Improved mood

When and how often should I practice mindfulness exercises?

It depends on what kind of mindfulness exercise you plan to do.

For example, if you choose to closely pay attention to another's words, you can repeat the exercise throughout the day. You might try it when you wake up and talk to your partner, at the beginning of a meeting with a co-worker, or during dinner with your friends or family. Avoid practicing this type of exercise while driving, however. Aim to practice for 15 to 20 minutes, four to eight times a day.

For other mindfulness exercises, such as focused breathing, you'll need to set aside time when you can be in a quiet place without distractions or interruptions. You might choose to practice this type of exercise early in the morning, before you begin your daily routine.

Aim to practice mindfulness every day for about six months. Over time, you might find that mindfulness becomes effortless. Think of it as a commitment to reconnecting with and nurturing yourself.

2 Quick Tools to Practice Mindfulness

Tool #1

Tune into your body and notice how stressed you feel right now. If it feels high and you feel a bit out of control, consider what’s the cause of your stress…your stress. Then try using the four A’s of stress management. Accept, Avoid, Alter or Adapt your stressor.

Accept. If you can’t change your stressor, begin to accept it. Feel the sensations in your body and hold the feeling with gentleness and kindness. Massage the feeling with your hand.

Adapt the stressor. See the problem as an opportunity—a challenge to overcome! Think how you’ll discover new ways to cope.

Alter the stressor by breaking it down into smaller chunks. Or talk to a friend to discover a different way to handle the stress.

Avoid the stressor. Sometimes, you can just as easily avoid the person or thing that’s causing you too much stress. That saves yourself lots of unnecessary difficulty. Why not!

Tool #2

Imagine you’re holding two heavy bags in your hands—one representing the past, and the other representing your future. Imagine how heavy they feel, as vividly as you can. After a minute or so, imagine lowering those bags to the ground. Feel the weight come off your shoulders. Gently smile with relief. Enjoy a few minutes rejuvenating in the peace of the present moment, without having to think about past and future. And feel free to come back to exercise regularly if the process works for you.

CALMING OUR MINDS: Relaxing music & Affirmations for a Peaceful life & RELAXATION
Build Up Your Confidence: Positive Subliminal Affirmations for Self Esteem

What is going on with our young girls?!?

Failed female relationships – many educators see the drama play out on a sometimes daily basis in the form of bullying and relational aggression. Psychologically speaking, the female brain is hard-wired to try to identify others’ emotions and feelings, and to respond with appropriate emotions in the hope for a connection. With girls’ increased sensitivity to relationships, an increased understanding of “self” is vitally important.

Studies by leading researchers have shown that culturally relevant gender-specific groups can have a lasting impact on girls’ well-being. The evidence also reveals that girl-on-girl relational aggression often occurs as a result of low self-esteem, correlating with nationwide increases in discipline rates with minority girls due to negative media influences, environmental factors and low academic scores. A Dove Global Survey (2010) found that 6 out of 10 girls will stop doing something they love or something that will benefit them because they feel negatively about how they look. A World Association study (2013) of women and girls from 70 countries found that 45 percent of respondents think girls are held back from taking on leadership positions because of low body confidence. Girls need to realize society does not define them!


Thursday, March 31st, 12:30pm

This is an online event.

In the insightful 90-minute webinar, SistaKeeper Founder and Family Therapist Tracie Berry-McGhee will disclose innovative strategies for creating a society of young women who are able to make educated choices, be assertive, practice teamwork and be true to self – displaying self-discipline, increased self-confidence and improved relationships with others.

Ms. Berry-McGhee will use her 15 years as a consultant and facilitator within inner-city, charter, private and alternative schools to pinpoint the strong disconnect that occurs when caring professionals try to resolve this crisis. Using a biblio-therapy poetry model, this webinar will explore and identify negative educational/societal trends, provide fresh strategies and enhance facilitation skills to help girls to be their best selves.


This webinar will help you:

  • Define communication barriers that promote low self-esteem and increase relational aggression
  • Incorporate a biblio-therapy model – utilizing tools that promote self- awareness through music, poetry and journaling
  • Understand culturally relevant social-emotional/non-verbal cues to be able to model social supports in a group
  • Consider critical “do’s and don’ts” when responding to girls in crisis
  • Break down gender identity development and how to counter the loss of social identity due to body image factors
  • Create a safe space that allows for a sense of belonging where open disclosure will be validated


  • Classroom Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers (beginner & intermediate)
  • School Psychologists
  • Deans
  • Behaviorists
  • Principals & Other Administrators
  • Special Education Personnel
  • School Resource Officers


  • Click here to register for the 11:30 am Eastern Time WEBINAR.
  • Click here to register for the 11:30 am Eastern Time SITE LICENSE
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  • Click here to register for the 2:00 Pm Eastern Time SITE LICENSE


The $49 registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant the afternoon prior to the webinar.


  • Classroom Teachers
  • Special Education Personnel
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Principals and Administrators
  • At-Risk Coordinators


  • Valuable Information: From a knowledgeable presenter who is considered an expert on the topic.
  • Inexpensive: Eliminate travel arrangements and travel expenses that you would ordinarily need to expend to attend a professional seminar such as this one.
  • Efficient: No need to spend time arranging for and traveling to this seminar
  • Access PowerPoint as the presenter progresses through the webinar. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation slides will be available to you.
  • Reproducibles: Handouts and worksheets will be available to you.
  • Ask Questions: You will be able to send questions to the presenter via electronic chat. During the last 15 minutes of the webinar, the presenter will answer as many questions as possible.


1.5 contact hours are available through NBCC and ASWB:

ASWB (#1053): This organization, Developmental Resources, ACE #: 1053 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. The Developmental Resources maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 2013-2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

NBCC (#5602): Developmental Resources is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


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Requests for the recorded version (due to technical difficulties or scheduling issues) may be sent via email up to 30 calendar days after the LIVE event. Developmental Resources reserves the right to cancel any webinar in the event of insufficient registration in which case a full refund will be issued. If, for any reason, we are forced to reschedule a webinar, and you cannot attend, you will be issued a voucher or a refund.

Certificates of completion for this webinar, which indicate 1.5 contact hours of continuing education, will be emailed within 7 calendar days of the LIVE event. In many cases, depending on your profession and jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your continuing education and professional development efforts. We suggest you contact your local board of governing agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved provider for the following national and regional accrediting agencies.


Substitutions are welcome at any time prior to the LIVE event. All cancellations incur a $15 administrative fee and must be received via email or fax at least three days prior to the LIVE webinar date. NO refunds will be issued on cancellations received after that date.