A Professional Development Series for Teachers and Counselors

Idaho Public Television is excited to partner with Idaho Children’s Trust Fund and Optum Idaho to bring teachers, counselors and other practitioners a three-part online professional development series centered around our documentary Resilience: Hope Lives Here.

The hourlong film investigates Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which include abuse, neglect, divorce and other childhood traumas. Research shows that left unresolved or untreated, these experiences can lead to health conditions in adulthood such as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Being a trauma-informed teacher or practitioner is critical because Idaho has the fifth-highest rate in the nation for children who have experienced three or more ACEs.

“With Idaho being the fifth highest in the nation for children who have suffered three or more ACEs, it’s critical that teachers and other practitioners understand what ACEs are, and how to work with children who have suffered trauma,” says Kari Wardle, education manager at Idaho Public Television. “The Resilience: Hope Lives Here virtual professional development series is designed to arm teachers, social workers, counselors and other practitioners with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and help children who have suffered trauma. Participants will learn from professionals in the field, and will come away with practical ideas that they can implement in their practice the next day.”

The first webinar in the series will focus on self-care and mental wellness, and will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5-7 PM Mountain (4-6 PM Pacific). Dr. Julie Wood and Dr. Dennis Woody from Optum Idaho will be our guest speakers.

In the second webinar, attendees will learn about trauma-informed classrooms. This webinar takes place virtually via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 5-7 PM Mountain (4-6 PM Pacific).

The third webinar will feature some hands-on, practical applications and ideas for managing trauma in the classroom. This final webinar will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 5-7 PM Mountain (4-6 PM Pacific).

All of the webinars will be available to teachers and practitioners at no cost and will be available for one professional development credit through Idaho State University (for a fee). Please join us as we learn how to conquer ACEs and be more trauma-informed! Register for these free webinars on our website at idahoptv.org/resilience.

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