Mental Health 101: Recognizing and Responding to Students with Trauma Exposure and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Helping them to Succeed (EDU651M)

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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 90 minutes
  • Thu, June 18, 2015
Event Description

Understand the Criteria for Identifying Signs of PTSD in K-12 and College Students. Learn about Early Intervention, Prevention Measures and Self-Care Practices to Help them Succeed.

Students who have experienced school and campus shootings, are survivors of sexual assault, or are veterans returning from military combat have at least one thing in common: exposure to trauma. Students who have been exposed to trauma are at an increased risk for problems in various spheres of their lives such as academics, as well as in navigating social and emotional landscapes. These students may also experience feelings of anxiety, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some studies even show a correlation between trauma exposure and lower GPA, higher number of absences from school, and lower high school graduation rates. Not surprisingly, experts regard trauma exposure in youth as a major public health concern.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is diagnosed when an individual has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with a traumatic event, such as if they were exposed to actual or threatened death, sexual violation or serious injury. Given that previous trauma is a risk factor for future trauma, survivors of school and campus shootings, military combat, and sexual assault must be offered early intervention and resources to reduce the risk of subsequent trauma.

This webinar with expert speaker Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clark will review the criteria for PTSD and identify signs of PTSD in college and K-12 students as well as children and adolescents. You will also receive information on helpful resources and effective self-care practices as well as early intervention and prevention measures.

Training Objectives

  • Prevalence and demographic data of PTSD in the United States
  • Common reasons of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Criteria for diagnosing PTSD
  • How to communicate with a student who is experiencing PTSD symptoms
  • Practical tips for making referrals to a mental health professional and appropriate resources
  • Campus and community resources
  • Statistical information on PTSD
  • Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and early signs of PTSD
  • Strategies for responding early to trauma
  • Practical and effective tips for self care and coping after trauma
  • Military and veteran issues
  • Campus/School violence and PTSD
  • Sexual assault and PTSD
  • Recognizing signs of trauma
  • Strategies for responding to trauma
  • Practical coping strategies for helping children and adolescents with trauma

Who should attend

  • K-12 Teachers, Guidance Counselors, and Special Education Teachers
  • College Faculty and Administrators
  • College Advisors
  • College Counselors
  • Health Center Staff
  • Disabilities/Accessibility Services Staff
  • Residence Life Staff
  • Retention Specialists, At-Risk Population Specialists
  • Student Life Staff
  • First Year Experience/New Student Orientation Coordinators
  • Parents and Family Members
  • Faculty Professional Development Coordinators
  • Veteran Services
  • Campus Safety
  • Behavioral Intervention Team
  • HR Professionals

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke
Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke is a clinical psychologist, mental health consultant, and retired psychology professor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Clarke worked as a psychotherapist in a wide variety... More info