2019 February

19 Feb: Trauma-Informed Series Exercises: Week 3: Self-Regulation continued…

By Dr. Will Henson Last week I asked you to identify two stressful times and tune into what you were thinking and feeling during that time.   I only asked you to notice.  This week we are going to add two more things to the list.  During those predictably stressful times do these two things: Relax: Try to consciously relax.  Smile take a few deep breaths that are slow with a focus on exhalation.   Practice being calm in the face of stress itself!  Move more slowly and think more slowly. Think about the pace you use when you are relaxed on say…a weekend morning.   Identify your power:Think about the things you can and cannot control.  Focus on what you can change in your environment to make the time less stressful. Maybe this…

12 Feb: Trauma-Informed Series Exercises: Week 2 ​: Self-Regulation

WEEK TWO: SELF-REGULATION by Dr. Will Henson This week we want you to focus on self-regulation. That is, YOU being calm, despite what’s going on around you. If it’s been a while since you watched the regulation video from our Trauma Informed schools series, let’s back up and talk about what this term means: Regulation is the way people manage their thoughts, emotions, attention and physical sensations. These are heavily impacted by ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Important Point: this is not just about “emotions”; it’s about a person’s entire experience. Let’s start this week by identifying your two most predictably stressful times of your day. Maybe it’s your afternoon commute, a usually chaotic time during the workday, a predictable interaction…

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04 Feb: Trauma-Informed Exercises: Week 1 – ACEs at Work

WEEK ONE: ACEs AT WORK                   with Dr. Will Henson Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, have an enormous impact on school-age children.  Almost half (45%) of students in school today have enough adverse experiences to impact their thinking, emotions and behavior.    (Want more information on ACEs and the associated research? Check out 321insight’s Trauma Informed video training series by emailing info@321insight.com.)  How we explain a student’s behavior can have a huge impact on how we address it.  This week I’d like to start thinking and talking about student behavior differently.  Start by taking a look at the Trauma-Informed Thinking diagram below.   TRAUMA-INFORMED THINKING  Away from this: Focusing on changing only the child   Seeing behavior…