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Vermont-NEA hosts the only ESP Conference in Vermont.  This year’s theme "Safe Schools For All" is a response to a growing number of issues in our schools from students coming to school who have experienced several traumatic events, to staff safety issues resulting from students who have difficulty controlling themselves, to students questioning their sexual identity, and so much more.  We hope that each ESP will look at the sessions (many full day) and determine what session will provide you with information and skills that will support a safer school environment for all.

This conference is for Vermont-NEA ESP members only.

Directions for Registering: If you have come to the ESP Conference in the past two years, you already have an account on Sched.com. Your login is your email. If this is your first ESP Conference, you will need to register for an account and select your sessions. Please note that there are both full day and half day sessions. If you select a full day session, please register for the morning and afternoon session. Once you select your sessions you will be all set. There is not a "submit" button; your selections are automatically recorded.

See you on March 24th!

7:30-8:15 Executive Breakfast
8:15-8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30-11:45 Morning Session
11:45-12:45 Lunch - ESP of the Year Remarks and Table Talks
12:45-4:00 Afternoon Session

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Friday, March 24 • 8:30am - 4:00pm
Developmental Trauma and Informed Interventions - Full Day Session - Please do not select an afternoon session. FILLING

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This training is focused on child development, developmental trauma and trauma informed interventions. The training will review the relevant research literature on current understandings of the impacts of adversity on child development and neurodevelopment, and it will offer guidance on interventions informed by current best practices.

Participants will learn about the importance of the primary caregiver relationship in child development, the unique nature of developmental trauma as compared with discrete trauma, the 7 domains of impact of developmental trauma, and best practices related to education and intervention strategies for children.

The training will include lecture, video, role plays and small group discussions. The training schedule is as follows:

Typical Development-Genetics, interactions with the environment, the role of attachment and care giving

Developmental Trauma-Distinction from PTSD, 7 domains of impact: biology/brain, attachment/relationships, arousal/affect regulation, dissociation, sense of self, behavior regulation, cognition

Trauma informed interventions-Treatment priorities, focus on caregiver relationship, focus on improving self-regulation to include Co-regulation, Somatosensory regulation and Cognitive regulation, focus on understanding and intervening in relationship patterns, focus on understanding and intervening relative to behavior patterns.


Pete Cudney

Pete Cudney, LICSW: Pete Cudney is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 year's experience working with children, teens and families impacted by early trauma. Pete has worked in the mental health field in wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment, as a family, individual and group therapist, as an evaluator and as a trainer consultant during his career. He is currently a senior clinician at the NFI-VT Family Center... Read More →

Friday March 24, 2017 8:30am - 4:00pm
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