Trauma impacts the ability to learn. In this 90-minute session hosted by the ELA and ESOL C&I PD Centers, determine how to identify signs of psychological trauma and how to create safe spaces for learning, whether online or in person.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE and ESOL instructors who wish to create a more inclusive, accessible environment for their learners who have experienced trauma

Trauma impacts our ability to learn. Many adult learners have had traumatic experiences, such as escaping a war-torn country, surviving abuse, and dealing with the effects of poverty and systemic racism. Past trauma has been exacerbated by the current and ongoing trauma of this pandemic, with the loss of loved ones, jobs, health, and overall disruption of everyday life.

Nancy Simons has been providing trauma treatment, training, and consultation for over 30 years, most recently coordinating trauma treatment and wellness for refugees in Western Mass. Jean-Paul Gatete, MSW, has worked with refugee populations in Rwanda, providing reconciliation and peace-building work, and has experienced education in the U.S. as an immigrant student. Together they will share how to identify signs of psychological trauma and create safe spaces for learning, whether online or in person. 

Please note: This session cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the webinar.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the effects of trauma on learning
  • Identify signs of psychological trauma
  • Use strategies to create a safe learning environment
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
10/28/2021 - 1:00 pm to 10/28/2021 - 2:30 pm

United States

PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
ESOL/English Learners