Counselor Connect Mission: To develop a district-led and championed community of practice, where high-quality professional development, resources, and support are provided for Student Service Professionals to foster the delivery of equitable, accessible, and data-informed services to students in the areas of academic, postsecondary, and social-emotional learning.
September’s Topic: Trauma and Educational Neuroscience
Each month, we will feature some resources and professional development opportunities to align to our Counselor Connect priority topic!
Featured Trauma & Educational Neuroscience Resources:
- “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime”, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Video (recommended for use with staff for a quick overview of ACES)
- “Helping Children and Families Manage Stress and Build Resilience”, CASEL CARES webinar with Dr. Bruce Perry
- Neurosequential Network COVID-19 Stress, Distress, and Trauma Series with Dr. Bruce Perry
- Educational Neuroscience ToolKit for Students |Neuroscience Toolkit Video
- How School Counselors Can Address Race-Based Stress and Trauma (ASCA’s recorded webinar)
- Support for Teachers Affected by Trauma (STAT) Online Course
- 100 Days of Educational Neuroscience (IDOE)
- Revelations in Education
- Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools Course: Free 6-hour online course concerning the underlying traumatic roots of behavior, as well as the key components necessary to allow students to flourish.
- Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
- Eyes are Never Quiet by Dr. Lori Desautels & Michael McKnight
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
- The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry
- Help for Billy by Heather Forbes
- When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection by Gabor Mate
- Essentials of Trauma-Informed Assessment and Intervention in Schools and Community Settings by Wycoff and Franzese
Professional Development Opportunities
Here are some curated opportunities to help you support students and families.
Resiliency Through the Adversity: Our Brains and Bodies Respond When the Conditions of Safety and Connection Are Present with Dr. Lori Desautels
In this unprecedented time, we have all been affected by COVID-19 and Racism. Our brains are built for resiliency, but the developing brain and stress response systems can be significantly impacted by chronic unpredictability, isolation, and the traumas from lived experiences. In this workshop, we will share and explore the tangible practices educators are able to utilize to meet children and youth in brain and body state; therefore, calming the nervous system and opening the pathways in the brain for feeling safe and connected. Students feeling safe and connected will result in increased engagement, learning, and emotional, social and physiological well-being. This workshop will also introduce the concept of school resiliency teams, and how resiliency teams can greatly enhance school culture while improving student achievement and educator effectiveness.
- Part I: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Virtual/In-person*
- Part II: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Virtual/In-person*
Register for both sessions of Dr. Desautels event here, you will only need to register once.
*These sessions will build upon the content introduced during Dr. Desautels’ session in July.
- Wellness and Mental Health: Free Virtual Workshops in September with Dr. Saenz
- Counselor Connect: Supporting Academically Struggling Students, October 28
- Counselor Connect: IDOE Update with Michelle Clarke, October 28
- ISCA Conference, November 19-20, 2020
- INSSWA Virtual Conference, November 13, 2020
- IYI Events
- IASP Events
All webinars recorded from March 15–August 31, 2020, are free to nonmembers. Some really timely topics include:
- Ethical Considerations: School Counseling in a Virtual Setting
- Virtual High School Counseling: Tier 1 How-to
- Online Safety Education for Kids
- The Power to Motivate
- Ethics on Virtual Counseling
- Covid-19 Planning Considerations and Resources: Addressing Staff and Student Mental Health for School Re-Entry
- Indiana Continuous Learning Guidance
- COVID19 K12 COUNSELING
- American School Counselor Association Resources
- CASEL Resources
- Counselor1Stop Coronavirus Resources
- Indiana Department of Education Resources
- COVID-19 Resources for School Counselors
- 5 Star Life Life Video Curriculum: Coronavirus Playlist 2020 – Comprehensive SEL Video Curriculum for schools and downloadable note sheets.
- Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 Tips for parents and educators for talking about COVID-19 and establishing a new “normal” at home (available in multiple languages)
- COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families
- Resources for Educators (compiled by the California Association of School Counselors)
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Radicalized Violence with Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)
- Teaching Tolerance: Race & Ethnicity
- ASCA Race and Equity Resources
- CASEL Resources
- New Jersey School Counseling Association
- Guidance for Facilitating Classroom Meetings on Race
We will continue to add resources so check back often!
A resource for counselors on how to help students, staff members and families reenter school while navigating a range of emotions from excitement to anxiety.
Check out the PD section for upcoming events specific to SEL!
- IN SEL Competencies | Academic Standards Crosswalk, Gr. 6-8
- SEL Remote Learning Resources (IDOE)
- SEL Lessons/Videos and On-Demand Second Step Lessons
- Headspace App for Meditation and Mindfulness or Smiling Mind
- Everyday Circle Cards (Peace Learning Center)
- Traditional Accommodations and Accommodations Using the Lens for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES’s)
- 11 Intervention Strategies to Adapt for Distance Learning
- The Case for SEL – presentation template from CASEL
- Adult Wellness
- Adult SEL Toolkit from Panorama: Resources to use with teachers and staff!
- COVID Teaching and Educator Brain and Body Wellness
- Measuring Impact
- Resource Sharing
- Strategies Shared by Comprehensive Counseling Initiative (Lilly Endowment) Grant Recipients
Tips for parents and educators for talking about COVID-19 and establishing a new “normal” in the home (available in multiple languages).
Creating a sense of safety, connecting, and cultivating a new sense of normal with these five tips.
Counselor Connect Steering Committee
The Counselor Connect Steering Committee, consisting of Student Service Professional and Administrator representatives from the CIESC member districts, will assist in setting the vision, developing the action plan, and identifying priority topics to be offered through professional development, to begin in 2020-2021. Member expertise will continue to be drawn upon for ongoing support and professional development needs through Tactic Teams beyond the initial planning period.