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Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Somatic Practices, Discussion Guidelines, and Community Dynamics

In this workshop, Hannah Bacon and Catherine Cabeen discuss the value and methodologies of Trauma-Informed Pedagogy. Combining somatic practices, discussion guidelines, and community dynamics, this experiential workshop will share approaches to teaching that can support students of all kinds who are grappling with personal and/or systemic trauma. In this workshop, participants will engage in a combination of reading discussions, embodied and somatic practices, and lectures or presentations on various contemporary topics and strategies in trauma studies and trauma-informed, pedagogical practices. These topics include but are not limited to:

  • Secondary or vicarious trauma
  • Reparative pedagogical models that focus on healing rather than discipline
  • Somatic and embodied practices for addressing and healing trauma
  • Framing discussions in ways that do not duplicate harm
  • Overview of the neurobiology of trauma
  • Systemic trauma
  • Strategies of care for teachers in holding space for trauma in the classroom
  • PTSD and the history of the psychological and medical profile of trauma

Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.

Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).

Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.

Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:

  • A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
  • Their institutional liaison officer’s approval