Trauma Summit

Continuing the Conversation: Trauma-Informed Instruction

Improving Students’ Learning Potential by Strengthening Relationships


Dr. Robin Gurwitch, Keynote Speaker

Date & Time

Monday, February 18 | 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Check-in open at 7:15 a.m.


Reed Center, 5750 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City, OK 73110


8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:02 a.m. Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Remarks
Introduction of First Lady Sarah Stitt
8:15 a.m. First Lady Sarah Stitt Remarks
8:30 a.m. Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent - Introduction of Dr. Robin Gurwitch
8:40 a.m. Dr. Robin Gurwitch - Download Presentation
10:10 a.m. BREAK (visit exhibitors)
10:20 a.m. Dr. Robin Gurwitch Presentation, continued
11:45 a.m. Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent - Wrap-Up & Dismissal

Many reasons exist for students to endure difficulties in the classroom including exposure to trauma or other stressful events (e.g., substance abuse in the home, grief, divorce, other separations, illness) and mental health concerns such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which symptoms resemble trauma reactions. When these issues are present, learning is affected and students’ abilities to meet their full potential are undermined.

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE™) is a trauma-informed, field-initiated set of skills based on evidence-based programs with growing scientific support for its effectiveness. CARE uses specific skills designed for all adults who interact or work with children and teens. Adapted for use in the school and classroom settings, CARE utilizes a set of specific skills designed to a) connect with students in a positive way to improve social-emotional development and learning potential, b) increase compliance, and c) decrease mild to moderate problematic behaviors. The skills can help develop students’ self-confidence and resilience. CARE has been successfully implemented by thousands of adults in a variety of settings, including classrooms across the country.

This workshop provides an overview of trauma’s impact on learning and a focus on CARE in the Classroom training that can be effectively implemented in a classroom setting and contribute to positive relationships across the entire school environment. Finally, as teachers and other school staff are affected by students’ experiences, ideas to improve personal resilience and decrease compassion fatigue will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to….

  1. Discuss the impact of trauma and stress on learning
  2. Discuss the importance of positive student-teacher relationships
  3. Identify the CARE P’s and Q’s (CARE skills) and their impact on learning and resilience
  4. List at least three ways to give instructions so that students are more likely to comply
  5. List at least 2 signs of Compassion Fatigue and discuss at least two ways to reduce risk.













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Last updated on February 25, 2019