Addressing Trauma in School Social Work to Foster Youth Resiliency




Session Description

We’ve all heard about that kid – the one who is always being labeled as a “behavior.” As social workers, we know that there is more to the story. This presentation provides school social workers and others with the skills to recognize and understand the signs of trauma, as well as how to utilize standardized assessment tools to gather data to inform interventions. Be guided through the use of three different evidence-based models to address trauma in the school setting. Presenters will share their own experiences with mindfulness and regulation-based interventions throughout the presentation.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Explain the impact of trauma on school-aged children.
     #2 Assess trauma using child trauma scales as well as progress monitoring of symptoms and severity.
     #3 Discuss interventions to assist with processing trauma using three evidence-based models.

About the Presenter

Presenter, Leslie Cook's headshotLeslie Cook, School Social Worker, Silver Consolidated Schools
Leslie Cook is a clinical social worker with 20 years of professional practice experience in a wide variety of settings. She was recently trained in a certification program as a trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapist. Currently, she is employed in the public school system working with children with trauma. Her practice experience is diverse in medical social work, working with disabled and at-risk populations through the Disabled and Elderly program and Developmentally Delayed program, home health care, hospice, behavioral health, dialysis, and in-patient/discharge planning, as well as long-term care, school social work, and teaching at the higher education and high school levels. Her passion is helping children heal from past traumas so that they can become healthy and resilient adults in the future as well as self-care for professionals. Leslie is married with five children and six beautiful grandchildren.
Presenter, Frances Fuller's headshotFrances Fuller, School Social Worker, Socorro Schools
Frances Fuller is a clinical social worker with seven years of professional practice experience. She was recently trained as part of a learning collaborative for the ARC Model – which supports healing trauma by building attachment, regulation, and competency. She has also previously been trained in and utilized TF-CBT with children and adults. Currently, Frances is employed in the public school system working with students who have experienced trauma. As a supervisor in the public school system, she supports other school social workers with implementation of trauma-informed practices for general and special education students. Frances has taught in higher education for 4 years. Her passion is in helping heal trauma within the context of relationships. Frances believes in meeting the human needs of fellow social workers to prevent burn out and ensure that quality social workers can continue to provide high-quality services. Frances is married and has a beautiful daughter.

Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion.  As per board requirements, attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the session.

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Jun 30 2020


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm




(505) 266-3451