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Meeting Student Needs Through Trauma-Informed Care

This is a past event.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Virtual Event

Trauma-informed care is defined as practices that promote a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing. This webinar focuses on having a trauma-informed approach to supporting students in their respective schools and communities. Participants can expect to:

  • Develop foundational knowledge and approaches to building a trauma-informed learning environment and why this is a need.
  • Expand on leveraging the strengths and culture that English learners and immigrant children bring to the learning environment.
  • Discuss a strengths-based approach to this work.
  • Dive deeper into building, rebuilding and maintaining relationships.
  • Learn self-regulation and self-care strategies for students and teachers.
  • Discover available resources to support your trauma-informed practice.


Featured Speaker: Akira S. Gutierrez, MA, has spent the majority of her career at the intersection of child development and education. She facilitates learning sessions related to supporting the whole child through social-emotional and trauma-informed approaches. She has also developed research-based resources and curricula for children, educators, and families. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Child Development from Tufts University, where she trained in early childhood education and applied human developmental research.

Akira is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology program at FIU, where she is expanding on her clinical training and investigating the role of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood development and school readiness. She is particularly interested in the development and implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings to support youth with a history of ACEs and/or trauma, specifically as it relates to (1) forging positive relationships with caregivers and other supportive adults; (2) developing strong social and emotional skills; and (3) preparing for academic success. Akira was born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami and is a proud graduate of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

This webinar is made possible by a grant from the Spencer Foundation.