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Join this session to understand the impacts that trauma has on student engagement and persistence. Learn how to develop trauma-informed program-wide approaches and advising practices that increase the safety and equity of your programs. You will also understand the effects of compassion fatigue and learn self-care practices that can be used for staff and students alike.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult education directors, advisors and all staff who want to deepen their ability to understand trauma, implement trauma-informed practices, and utilize self-care strategies

The pandemic has highlighted how the impacts of trauma affect student’s ability to engage and persist in achieving their education and career goals. Programs do their best to provide students with the tools, supports, referrals, and opportunities needed to meet educational or career goals. However, what happens when a student faces challenges not with the material, but with their mental health and well-being? Those who advise and coach students want to better understand the role that trauma plays in students engaging or disengaging with our services.

This interactive session will address best practices for designing and implementing trauma-informed educational programs. Topics covered will include: the relationship between trauma and persistence, the benefits of a program-wide understanding of trauma, how to design consistent referral procedures in advising practices, and how to support colleagues and students in integrating self-care practices into their professional lives. You will leave this workshop with ideas for specific changes that can be implemented at the personal and programmatic level. The presenter will be available for a period of time after the webinar for optional limited consultation and follow-up discussion.

This session is distinct from the October 16th 2020 session The Trauma Informed Classroom in that it focuses on advising and programmatic practices outside of just the classroom. All are welcome to attend either or both sessions. 

Schedule: The total time for this PD is 2 hours.

  • October 30th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2-hour webinar

Optional follow-up: There is an option to follow up with the presenter to discuss the trauma-informed programmatic changes you would like to make at your program.

This session will be offered online via Zoom. Ruzica Banovic will send you information and the link for joining online a few days prior to the meeting.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Articulate the impact that traumatic experiences can have on a student’s ability to engage and persist
  • Identify program-wide procedures and referral practices to improve the physical and emotional safety of your program
  • Recognize the signs of compassion fatigue and practice self-care strategies
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education