Challenging behaviors can be difficult. It can sometimes be hard to know how to support a student in an intense moment, or better yet, prevent it! As educators, we strive to support children to learn to understand and regulate their powerful emotions so they can continue access their logical part of their brain to learn important academic skills. In this lighthearted and informative workshop, we will explore strategies for calming the triggered brain and increasing self-regulation skills in students and ourselves.
Tessa is a passionate, engaging and inspiring presenter who tackles the tough topics of Trauma Informed Approaches, Communication, Positive Guidance, Reflective Practice, Self-Care, and Diversity with a balance of expertise, honesty, and humor. Tessa has a Master’s degree, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), is Infant/Toddler Mental Health Endorsed Level III (IMH-E III) and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CTTS). She has been the Mental Health Coordinator for a federally funded early childhood agency for over 20 years where a significant part of her role is supporting classroom teachers, home visitors, coaches, and parents with social emotional development for children, to include creating practices of prevention and intervention for children and families. Tessa actively trains, consults and partners with organizations and Prekindergarten through 12th grade schools to enhance relationship-based and trauma informed skills and strategies used with professionals, students and parents. The Neurosequential Network acknowledges that Tessa has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level. Tessa is a certified trainer for Arizona ACES. She is an international speaker and statewide consultant.