A Place in My Heart Conference: Beyond Consequences in the Classroom – A Trauma-Focused Approach

10645060_10152709946847370_9010443938430336081_nMany children, who may be doing well early on, can suddenly demonstrate negative and out-of-control behaviors once they start their academic careers. School environments present a tremendous challenge to many of our children due to the increase in social interactions and the demands placed on their focus, concentration, and performance.

This is especially true for children with any type of traumatic background, as they tend to have a high sensitivity to stress with high states of anxiety. They become easily over-stimulated and overwhelmed. They communicate these unsettling feeling states through acting out behaviors or by defiant and resistant behaviors.

If we punish children to behave or to motivate them, as we have traditionally done in our schools by taking away privileges, taking points off point charts, or giving detentions or suspensions, we simply create more stress for these children. The result is a child who continues to decompensate without a chance to recover.

This full day training for parents and professionals will present a regulatory and relationship-based model for working with such children in the classroom (from kindergarten to 12th grade). This training will link together sound neurological research with negative acting out behaviors in order to give participants a new understanding as to “why children do the things they do.” Practical and easy to implement solutions will be given to help these students reach their full academic potential, while simultaneously improving their social and emotional intelligence in the classroom.

About the Trainer

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute. Forbes has worked in the field of trauma and healing since 1999. She is an internationally published author on the topics of raising children with difficult and severe behaviors, the impact of trauma on the developing child, adoptive motherhood, and self-development. Coming from a family of educators, Forbes has a heart for children in the classroom and for finding ways to teach the child that seems “unteachable.” Her signature style is to bridge the gap between scientific research and real-life application to equip parents, educators, and therapists with practical and effective tools. Much of her experience and insight on understanding trauma, disruptive behaviors, and adoption-related issues comes from her direct mothering experience of her two adopted children.

Registration Information

Saturday, November 8, 2014

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness (45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI)

$45/person or $80/twosome
$50/child welfare staff member

Register online or call 414-475-1246 (1-800-762-8063) for more information


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