In response to the mental health crisis, Sage Day Schools is holding a workshop series to advise educators on cultivating Trauma Informed School Communities. The workshops will culminate January 17th at the Sage Day Rochelle Park school.
ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – Sage Day is holding a series of workshops for educators, clinicians, and parents throughout New Jersey to address the needs of students who have undergone traumatic experiences. The workshop series, called “Supporting Trauma Informed School Communities Through Trauma Systems Therapy” will train professionals on how to work with children and young adolescents experiencing trauma. Mental health is a cornerstone of Sage Day’s approach as a therapeutic educational institution, and after a twenty-year history Sage Day aims to benefit the community at large with these complimentary seminars.
The need for mental health professionals in both private and public schools is growing, as the stigma against seeking help for mental health issues has been diminishing in recent years. In fact, it is estimated that 20% of children and youth, aged nine to seventeen currently have a diagnosable mental health disorder that causes some degree of impairment, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The workshop’s presenter, David Strauss, Ph.D., LCSW and a Sage Certified Clinician™ has worked with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma for 15 years. Before joining the team at Sage Day Rochelle Park in 2014, Dr. Strauss worked at an outpatient mental health clinic in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Strauss has extensive experience working with young patients who have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as neglect, traumatic bereavement, witnessed domestic violence and who have been victims of neighborhood violence. Trauma informed school communities enable students to experience a degree of normalcy and a more enriching educational experience. Dr. Strauss explains, “A trauma informed school encourages school professionals to respond to emotionally dysregulated behavior in an empathic and consistent manner that communicates safety to the traumatized child. This helps students imagine new and positive ways of experiencing the world, themselves and their future when previous trauma has robbed them of hope and faith in others.”
The goal of the workshop series is to empower school professionals with practical steps to help traumatized children succeed in school and in life. Strauss also aims to raise awareness on the impact trauma can have on a student’s developing brain beyond adolescent years. The workshop has already been held in Jersey City and Hamilton, New Jersey and the series will culminate on January 17th from 9:00-10:00 a.m., at Sage Day Rochelle Park. People can register here.
About Sage Day Schools
Sage Day Schools are private therapeutic schools in New Jersey, serving students in grades four through twelve with personalized, small classroom settings. In addition to strong academics and enriching elective offerings, Sage Day combines a comprehensive clinical program. Through this, students participate in intensive individual, group and family therapy with Sage Certified Clinicians™. Sage Day has adopted the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and is nationally accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
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