Scheduled Dates

3/9/2018   09:30 AM  12:30 PM

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Educating After Violence Trauma: informed practices for adult educators

The will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018
From 09:30 AM until 12:30 PM

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Located in : OAE - Two Penn Center, 1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1412, Training Room
Instructor: Susanna Gilbertson

Are you an educator working with adults who have experienced trauma or violence? As an educator, are you sometimes frustrated or confused by your students’ behavior in your classroom? Do you want to learn new ways to create a welcoming environment in your classroom that addresses some of the barriers to learning your students bring?  This workshop will help you understand some of the causes of student behavior and offer some possible solutions.   

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the expected physical and psychological response to threat or danger  
  • Identify student behaviors that may be a result of current or past exposure to trauma and violence
  • Name at least five trauma-informed practices to use in the classroom to create more welcoming, effective learning environments for students



Susanna Gilbertson, MSW is an adjunct professor at the Community College of Philadelphia in the Behavioral Health and Human Services department and a lecturer at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Susanna is a founding partner of The Blue Door Group, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations engage more meaningfully with their constituents.  


Susanna is a trained social worker and has created and facilitated interactive workshops on intimate partner violence, sexual health, parenting, suicide prevention, ethics, and oppression for youth, professional and community groups for over 18 years. She received her Masters of Social Work from San Francisco State University. Her previous work includes direct service counseling and advocacy on crisis hotlines, in domestic violence and homeless shelters, in schools, and in people’s homes and workplaces.  She also loves to write policy, supervise new social workers, and grapple with ethical dilemmas. 

Age Range:  18  -  & UP


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