Understanding and Treating Trauma in the Schools (Punishment is Not the Answer!)




Session Description

Commonly, schools embrace academic and behavioral standards that are difficult to obtain for students that demonstrate behaviors associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With an estimation of 25% to 50% of children across the country having experienced trauma, this has become a significant concern. The impact of trauma oftentimes produces learning issues, attention difficulties, emotional dysregulation, and problematic peer relations. Unfortunately, many staff in education lack foundational knowledge of trauma-based behaviors. Mental health providers are in a unique position in the school setting to help identify and address these issues and unmask such so that appropriate interventions can be implemented.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Identify post-traumatic stress disorder related behaviors.
     #2 Describe the impact of trauma on brain development and learning.
     #3 Discuss the importance of grounding activities.

About the Presenter

Presenter, Constance Medley's headshotConstance Medley, School Social Worker, Carlsbad Municipal Schools
Constance Medley, MSSW, LCSW has worked with students of all age groups in the school setting as well as clients across the continuum ranging from very young preschoolers to adolescents, young adults, women/men, couples, to the esteemed elderly population for clinical therapy and trauma-related treatment. She has worked for the past 15 years with individuals and group clients on a weekly basis that have been victims of domestic violence, rape, molestation, incest, sexual assault, as well as victims of violent acts of crime and aggression/trauma. Constance is presently working as a school social worker for Carlsbad Municipal School District, and also serves as a part-time therapist for Grammy’s House, a Domestic Violence Shelter in Artesia, New Mexico, wherein she has worked for such for approximately 11 and one-half years.


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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Jul 30 2020


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm




(505) 266-3451