Events and Training Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Understanding and Addressing Racial Trauma

Registration is now open. Click the link below for details.

Support for Grieving Students

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Trauma Sensitive Schools Training 

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Ready for On-Site Training?

Ms. Jen is a passionate leader in the movement to build trauma-sensitive schools. As an experienced educator, trauma expert, author, and professional development facilitator, she knows that trauma-sensitive educators can make a positive difference in the lives of students, one relationship at a time. She also understands that each team has unique needs. Ms. Jen would be delighted to tailor professional development to your school, district, or organization. Contact her today to start the conversation or to schedule a presentation for your group.  

Building Trauma Sensitive Schools with Ms Jen

 Ms. Jen asked, “On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being most important), how important do you think it is for all educators to receive training like this on building trauma-sensitive schools?”

Popular Topics

  • Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools Keynote
  • Understanding Trauma & Its Effects
  • Necessary Paradigm Shifts
  • Trauma-Sensitive Discipline Practices
  • Trauma-Informed MTSS
  • Self-Care
  • Helping Everyone Get Regulated
  • Understanding Attachment & Its Effects
  • Meeting the Needs of Severely Traumatized Youth
  • Supporting Students & Staff During COVID-19
  • When Grief Comes to School
  • Community Care

Events at a Glance  

  • January 5-6, 2021  Online Level I Trainings for Palm Springs School District in California
  • January 18, 2021 – Online “Helping Students Get Regulated” Training for Muscatine Schools in IA
  • February 6, 2021 – Online “Self-Care” Workshop for Green Bay Education Association, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • February 11, 2021 thru March 25, 2021 (Thursdays) – Online Class “Helping Educators Understand and Address Racial Trauma – Learn more here.
  • February 12, 2021 – Online Seminar “Meeting the Needs of Traumatized Youth: Part I” for Beloit Schools in Wisconsin
  • February 16, 2021 – Trauma-Sensitive Schools Presentation at ATN’s Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Virtual Conference – Learn more here.
  • February 26, 2021 – Trauma-Sensitive Schools Presentation for Central Rivers Area Education Agency
  • February 27, 2021 – Online Level I Training for Early Childhood Educators for Drake University in IA
  • March 3, 2021 – Online Seminar “Meeting the Needs of Traumatized Youth: Part II” for Beloit Schools in Wisconsin
  • March 10, 2021  Online Seminar “Support for Grieving Students” – Learn more here.
  • March 12, 2021 – Virtual Level I Training for Institute of Child Psychology in Canada
  • March 24, 2021 – Online Seminar “Counseling Grieving Students” – Learn more here.
  • March 27, 2021 – Online Level I Training for Early Childhood Educators for Drake University in IA
  • March 31, 2021 – Online Seminar “Self-Care Practices” – Learn more here.
  • April 6, 2021  Online Level II Trainings for Palm Springs School District in California
  • April 7, 2021 – Online Seminar “Meeting the Needs of Traumatized Youth: Part III” for Beloit Schools in Wisconsin
  • April 14, 2021 – Ms. Jen’s Spring Online Institute – Level I Course – Learn more here.
  • April 15, 2021 – Ms. Jen’s Spring Online Institute – Level II Course – Learn more here.
  • April 16-17, 2021 – Ms. Jen’s Spring Online Institute – Level III Course – Learn more here.
  • April 26, 2021 – Virtual Level II Training for Institute of Child Psychology in Canada
  • May 4, 2021 – Online Level I Training for Child Care Resource & Referral in Mason City, IA
  • May 11, 2021 – Online Level I Training for Child Care Resource & Referral in Mason City, IA
  • May 18, 2021 – Online Level I Training for Child Care Resource & Referral in Mason City, IA

Stay tuned for more to come!

*Date(s) rescheduled or canceled at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • January 20, 2020 – Level I Training for Madison-Grant School District in Fairmount, Indiana
  • February 16, 2020 – Session re: Helping Students Get Regulated at ATN’s Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
  • March 5, 2020 – Trauma-Sensitive Leadership Presentation for Iowa Superintendents at MBAEA in Bettendorf, AEA
  • March 14, 2020 – Session re: Trauma-Sensitive Discipline Practices at the NEA National Leadership Summit, Orlando, Florida*
  • March 17-18, 2020 – Level I-II Training in Terre Haute, Indiana*
  • March 20, 2020 – Trauma-Sensitivity Training for Child Care Resource & Referral, Independence, IA*
  • March 20, 2020 – “Trauma-Sensitive School Support During School Closures” Webinar for Brookes Publishing
  • April 1, 2020 – “Trauma-Sensitive School Support During School Closures” Webinar for Brookes Publishing
  • April 25, 2020 – Level I Training for Mission College, Los Angeles, California*
  • June 8-11, 2020 – Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Institute for Onconee School District, South Carolina
  • June 17-18, 2020 – Level I-II Training for Mississippi Bend AEA in IA
  • June 22-23, 2020 – Level I-II Training Online
  • June 29-30, 2020 – Trauma-Sensitivity Training for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley
  • July 20-21, 2020 – Session re: Helping Students Get Regulated at #TIENetwork2020, Nashville, Tennessee*
  • July 29, 2020 – Ms. Jen’s Back-to-School After COVID-19 Online Seminar
  • August 3-4, 2020 – Level I-II Training for Mississippi Bend AEA in IA
  • August 6, 2020 – Session re: Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools at UNI’s TIC Conference, Cedar Falls, IA*
  • August 10, 2020 – Ms. Jen’s Back-to-School Online Seminar: COVID-19 Tips
  • August 17-18, 2020 – Level I-II Training for NICAO Head Start in IA
  • August 19, 2020 – Level I Training for North Union School District in IA
  • August 20, 2020 – Level I Training for Postville School District in IA
  • August 21, 2020 – Trauma-Sensitive Schools Professional Development for MFL MarMac Schools in IA
  • August 31, 2020 – *Free* Brookes Webinar at 2 p.m. eastern time – “Help for Stressed Educators During COVID-19: Noticing and Meeting Teacher Needs as Schools Reopen”
  • September 1, 2020 – Trauma-Sensitivity Training for South Tama School District in IA
  • September 2, 2020 – Level I Training for Marlborough Schools in Connecticut
  • September 5, 2020 – Ms. Jen’s Back-to-School Online Seminar: Educator Self-Care
  • September 9, 2020 – *Free* Brookes Webinar at 2 p.m. eastern time – “Supporting Stressed Students During COVID-19: Noticing and Meeting Children’s Needs As Schools Reopen
  • September 14, 2020 – Trauma-Sensitive Schools Presentation at MISIC Conference in IA*
  • September 16, 2020 – Trauma-Sensitivity Training for South Tama School District in IA*
  • October 10, 2020 – Ms. Jen’s Back-to-School Online Seminar: Helping Kids Get Regulated
  • October 13, 2020 – Online Trauma-Sensitivity Training for Child Care Resource & Referral, IA
  • October 20, 2020 – Online Trauma-Sensitivity Training for Child Care Resource & Referral, IA
  • October 27, 2020 – Online Trauma-Sensitivity Training for Child Care Resource & Referral, IA
  • November 3, 2020 – Level II Training for Marlborough Schools in Connecticut
  • November 7, 2020 – Ms. Jen’s Back-to-School Online Seminar: Community Care & Support
  • November 19, 2020 – Ms. Jen’s Online Fall Institute – Level I Course
  • November 20, 2020 – Ms. Jen’s Online Fall Institute – Level II Course
  • November 21, 2020 – Ms. Jen’s Online Fall Institute – Level III Course
  • January 2, 2019 – Ms. Jen’s Level I Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training for North Mahaska Schools, IA
  • January 21, 2019 – Ms. Jen’s Level I Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • February 18, 2019 – Deep Dive Session at ATN’s National Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools in Washington DC
  • March 16, 2019 – Presentation at the NEA National Leadership Summit in Denver, Colorado
  • March 20, 2019 – Webinar with Brookes Publishing @ 3:00 pm ET
  • April 27, 2019 – Book signing at UNI Bookstore in Cedar Falls, IA from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • May 2, 2019 – CFEA book signing in Cedar Falls, IA from 4:30-5:50 at the library
  • May 8, 2019 – Presentation at the University of Northern Iowa
  • May 22, 2019 – Free community presentation for CREA in Cedar Rapids, IA at the library from 5:00-8:00 pm
  • June 5, 2019 – Online book club – #1 of 6
  • June 12, 2019 – Training for Wartburg College, Allison Iowa Foster Parent Association, & Monarch Therapy Services in Waverly, IA
  • June 17, 2019 – Ms. Jen’s Level I Training in Cedar Falls, IA
  • June 19, 2019 – Online book club – #2 of 6
  • June 30, 2019 – Presentation re: Trauma-Sensitive Schools at ASCA in Boston, Massachusetts
  • July 10, 2019 – Online book club – #3 of 6
  • July 15-16, 2019 – Ms. Jen’s Level I and Level II Trainings in Cedar Rapids, IA
  • July 22, 2019 – Ms. Jen’s Level I Training in Cedar Falls, IA
  • July 23, 2019 – Ms. Jen’s Level II Training in Cedar Falls, IA
  • July 24, 2019 – Online book club – #4 of 6
  • July 25, 2019 – Event at the UNI Bookstore in Cedar Falls, IA
  • August 7, 2019 – Online book club – #5 of 6
  • August 14, 2019 – Online book club – #6 of 6
  • August 15, 2019 – Level I Training for Audubon Schools, IA
  • August 19, 2019 – Level I Training for Pocahontas Schools, IA
  • August 20, 2019 – Level I Training for Calamus-Wheatland Schools, IA
  • September 13, 2019 – Trauma-Sensitive Schools Presentation for Cedar Falls Schools, IA
  • September 16, 2019 – Trauma-Sensitive Schools Presentation for North Mahaska Schools, IA
  • September 21, 2019 – National Education Association Presentations re: Self-Care for Educational Coaches in Chicago, Illinois
  • October 28, 2019 – Presentation re: ACEs at Cedar Falls Mental Health Night, IA
  • October 30, 2019 – Presentation at the University of Northern Iowa
  • November 15-16, 2019 – Ms. Jen’s Level I-II Trainings in Des Moines, Iowa
  • December 7, 2019 – Trauma-Sensitivity Training for Child Care Resource & Referral, Waterloo, IA
  • December 12, 2019 – NEA Webinar re: Educator Self-Care
  • March, 18, 2018 – “Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Exploring the ‘What Works’ and ‘Why” at the NEA National Education Summit in Chicago, Illinois
  • July 15-17, 2018 – Ms. Jen’s Level 1 Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training in Cedar Falls, IA
  • August 14, 2018 – “The Trauma-Sensitive School: Exploring What Works and Why” at “Resilience: The Science of Hope-Promoting Positive PL-ACES” Conference at St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in Minnesota
  • October 20, 2018 – Keynote address and breakout sessions at the Indiana State Teachers Association’s Rising Educators Conference in Noblesville, Indiana
  • March 13, 2017 – 1-day ATN Training Called “Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools” for the Crystal Lake School District in Illinois
  • May 1, 2017 – “Why Trauma-Sensitive Schools” for the Attachment & Trauma Network’s Educating Traumatized Children Summit
  • October 12, 2017 – “What’s a Trauma-Sensitive School & Why Should We Create One?” for ATN at the ATTACh conference in Denver, Colorado
  • November 22, 2017 – “What’s a Trauma-Sensitive School & Why Should We Create One?” for the Cedar Falls School District in IA
  • March 7, 2016 – Co-presented a Presentation with ATN Entitled “Creating Trauma-Sensitive School Experiences for At-Risk Youth” at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah, Georgia
  • March 16-17, 2016 – Echo Parenting & Education’s Changing the Paradigm Conference entitled “Building Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities” with ATN in Los Angeles, California
  • June, 2016 – Co-presented a 1-day ATN Training in Somerville, New Jersey re: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
  • November 6, 2016 – “Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools” as a Pre-Conference Session at the Iowa School Counselor Association Conference, Des Moines, IA
  • April, 2015 – “Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools” at the Professional School Counselor Conference at AEA 267 in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • July 30, 2015-August 1, 2015 – Co-Presented “Creating Trauma-Sensitive School Experiences for Our Children” with ATN at the North American Council on Adoptable Children Conference in Long Beach, California
  • October, 2014 – Interviewee for the Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN)’s Educating Traumatized Children Summit

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