Moving to a Strength-Based Approach

Trauma-informed education has changed the question of looking at a person’s behaviors from “What’s wrong?” to “What has happened?” In this session, we take it a step further and ask, “What are the strengths of this person?”

In this interactive workshop for all tiers of education, we will explore the direct effects of trauma (both big and small) and the neuroscience of the mind-body connection. Participants will learn about the Polyvagal Theory and the implications of the theory on building positive relationships. We will explore the needs underneath the behaviors and how the Polyvagal Theory can create a deeper understanding of a person’s actions.

You will learn strategies to stay centered in challenging situations and create the safety needed for real learning to occur. Before identifying strengths in others, adults need to be grounded, regulated, and know their own strengths. Using a polyvagal informed lens, you can develop an understanding of behaviors and expand your view of strengths to see what is strong in others.

How: Workshop at the second virtual TIE Network Conference

When: July 19 – 21, 2021 for the conference (Wednesday, July 21 at 11:45 AM CDT for this workshop)

Where: Online

Cost: $125 USD for conference registration

Facilitators: Monica Cochran and Kathy Magnusson

Monica CochranMonica Cochran, M.Ed. has worked with children, parents and other adults in a wide variety of educational, hospital and business settings for over 40 years. She has been active in alternative education since 1978, home educated two of her own children, and has worked with other home educating and distance learning families since 1997. She has vast experience in helping learners of all ages and abilities enjoy learning. She especially enjoys helping learners who have both unique talents and unique challenges develop their strengths and create learning experiences that work for them. Currently, Monica works with learners and their families around the world through her private practice, Learning Without Borders.

Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in a multi-disciplinary program in child development, social work, and early childhood education and a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education with certifications in learning disabilities and emotional impairment. She also earned a Primary Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society and is an Advanced DIR practitioner. Since 1997, following her youngest son’s auto accident, she has also been active in supporting survivors of brain injuries and learners with other health and developmental issues, as they redesign their lives.

Kathy MagnussonKathy Magnusson, M. Ed. believes learning is an adventure. She has over 25 years of working with youth in a variety of formal and informal settings. Kathy taught as a public school science teacher and developed a leadership program for girls ages 10 and up. Kathy has earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota.

As the owner of Wildewood Learning, Kathy develops tailor-made professional development opportunities for educators and youth professionals that will support them in designing positive learning environments for their students. Kathy is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Interface trainer, she provides training to professionals in trauma-informed and resilience-based practices. Kathy believes educators and youth professionals need to develop their own social and emotional learning skills to create meaningful relationships with students, creating a ripple effect that changes the process of learning for all.