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Many of our adult students have experienced various types of trauma in their lives. How does this affect their learning? This three-hour workshop will review the most current research on the intersection of trauma, health, and adult learning.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • All adult educators and advisors who would like to deepen their understanding of trauma and resilience in adult learning

Why should an understanding of trauma matter to adult educators? This workshop, the first of two sessions on trauma-informed instruction, will focus on the science of trauma: how it affects the brain and what impact it has on resilience and learning—for adult learners in particular. It also will explore issues of equity and inclusion for a group of learners with diverse experiences and needs.

The second session, on teaching strategies, is designed specifically for ESOL educators, though others may attend. (See description of Trauma-Informed Instruction Part II.)

Total PD hours: 3

For more information, contact Dori McCormack at 

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the critical connection between trauma, health, and learning in adult education
  • Describe key elements of trauma-informed, resilience-oriented learning environments
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
05/30/2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Quinsigamond Community College, The Harrington Learning Center Room 109B
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
PD Center: 

C&I PD Centers Collaboration

C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
ESOL/English Language Learner
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