Friday, November 2, 2018
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Millwood Community Presbyterian Church
3223 N. Marguerite Rd.
Spokane, WA 99212


Trauma is real, and it is more prevalent than we might believe. In this engaging, relevant, and practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers (lead author of Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom) about the importance of trauma informed practices in the school setting. Participants will be introduced to and provided with opportunities to reflect on information centered around the role that trauma plays in the school environment; the importance of self-awareness and regulation and strategies to support these in the school setting; the power of relationships and the role they plays in the establishment and maintenance of school safety; and the importance of self-care and the need for the professionals to have tools and strategies to support their own health. This professional development experience will emphasize strength-based approaches to use with students, families, fellow faculty, school personnel, and community members.

Participants will be introduced to and provided with opportunities to explore more in-depth the importance of fostering a culture of safety, predictability, and consistency; what it truly means to work as a team and address our students collectively; discuss a handful of strategies to support the New Three R’s (Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation); and how to sustain a healthy work-life balance. Attendees will be given opportunities to collaborate and problem-solve scenarios associated with fostering a trauma sensitive environment.

  • Participants will deepen their understanding of the value of fostering a safe, predictable, and consistent learning environment.

  • Participants will explore multiple strategies for education staff and community members to utilize with children with (known and unknown) trauma histories – helping to sustain learning-ready states.

  • Participants will collaborate to identify ways to support a team approach to addressing students’ needs in a strength based way.

  • Participants will reflect on the importance of a healthy work-life balance and its value in fostering and sustaining a trauma sensitive environment.


For over two decades, Kristin Souers has dedicated herself to the improvement of people’s lives. As a licensed mental health counselor, she has provided counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. With a history of working in the fields of early learning, law enforcement, education, and mental health, she has been able to develop an extensive knowledge base. This, partnered with her expertise in complex trauma, the impact of violence, crisis management, counseling, and trauma-informed care, has allowed her to partner with professionals around the development of trauma-informed practices in a multitude of settings.

As an independent consultant, adjunct faculty member at the Gonzaga University School of Education in the Counselor Education Department, Kristin now provides critical professional development, consultation, education, and training services to schools, school districts, and organizations throughout the country. She has presented to hundreds of audiences, facilitated group learning, supervised internships, directed programs, and supported the learning and growth of countless educators, caregiving professionals, and other individuals.

The award winning publication, Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom (ASCD, 2016),  and many articles published in education journals including "Address Trauma with Calm, Consistent Care: Strategies to Help Educators Avoid Burnout While Keeping Students Learning-Ready" (Principal Magazine, March/April, 2015) and her most recent publication, “Responding to Student Need versus Behavior” (December 2016) have strengthened Kristin’s impact in education. To learn more about Kristin Souers visit https://www.fosteringresilientlearners.org/

6.0 clock hours available—included in registration
Confirmation and directions will be sent to your email address 
Cancellation fee: $50.00 applies to all cancellations after October 19
No Shows = No Refund 
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided