Ginny Witte PhD

Ginny Witte, PhD

Trauma Informed Presentations

Trauma Informed Presentations

Trauma - The Basics

Here, you will learn the basics of trauma with 6 Key takeaways: 

  • You will learn about ACE’s; what they are and how they impact our students’ lives.  
  • You will learn how life experiences shape who your students are and how they behave. 
  • You will learn the importance of looking at a child through their eyes. How their behavior tells us what is going on inside. 
  • You will learn how trauma changes the course of development and shapes the brain.  
  • You will learn what the stress response is and how the body responds to stress and trauma.
  • You will learn the characteristics of children who have experienced trauma
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Trauma Informed Schools

Here you will learn what makes a Trauma-Informed School

  • You will learn how Trauma-Informed schools look at students from a new perspective 
  • You will learn how to implement classroom and school strategies that support regulation in students 
  • You will learn new ways to address behavior issues  
  • You will learn why creating a safe environment is primary and critical to learning.
  • You will learn what it means to be a “Trauma-Informed School”
  • Restructuring the school day

Trauma Tools

In this presentation, you will learn five basic tools that you can use to support students who have experienced Trauma 

  • Visual supports in the classroom and school 
  • Verbal supports that reduce triggers and support safety 
  • Using the body as a tool 
  • Weaving Trauma discussions into curricula such as book discussions, writing, and social studies 
  • Connecting with students
  • 2 x 10 strategy 
  • Dialogue journals 
  • Choice
  • Growth mindset
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Staff Support

In this presentation, you will learn how different staff members can help students build regulatory skills. 

  • PE Teachers: how physical activity and movement help students regulate 
  • Music Educators 
  • Art Educators 
  • Recess Staff
  • Administrators

PE Teachers

In this presentation, we will go into more depth on how PE teachers can help students develop the ability to regulate. This includes regulating behavior, emotions, and mental flexibility. Key points include: 

  • Physical activity
  • Hormone levels 
  • Regulating 
  • Why strength, flexibility, and balance are important 
  • Self-awareness
  • Challenge 
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Dr. Witte helped prepare our teachers to meet trauma with understanding and sensitivity. Her teaching and focus on neural development and trauma sensitive skills provided a better understanding of students with trauma histories.
Kari Huckaby
Lower Elementary Dean at Knapp Charter Academy 
The Professional Development Training Dr. Witte gave at our school was excellent. The information was timely, useful, and researched-based. She provided a variety of engaging activities that could be immediately implemented in our classrooms. Dr. Witte guided us as we evaluated our program and strategically planned for the future.
Evelyn Hamlin
Teacher at NorthPointe Christian Schools

Trauma Informed Presentations