Understanding how trauma impacts lives is crucial to supporting many of our students to be their best. This keynote will illuminate the significance that trauma has on the brain, on relationships, and on the way learning happens. As educators we know it's not accurate to say we teach subjects - we are teaching students. And each one of them may or may not be in a position to learn at their maximum capacity, due to their personal life experiences. This keynote will discuss the science behind behaviour, stress, regulation and learning. It will remind us that we are truly in the position to make a huge difference in our students' lives.
What will you gain from this keynote?
An appreciation for the deep impact that trauma has upon learning.
An understanding of how trauma can shape relational skills and coping strategies.
How to ID some of the red flags in behaviour that are suggestive of relational trauma.
An understanding of how, as a teacher, your own awareness and mindfulness can open the door for improved connection with students who live
with these challenges.
An introduction to attunement and communication skills that support students' regulation, healthy brain rewiring, reflection, self-esteem and
Kim Barthel is a world-renowned occupational therapist and teacher, actively supporting multi-disciplinary function and healing in many cultures internationally. A pioneer in reinforcing the importance of relationship and education, she is known for blending cutting-edge developments in neuroscience with the art of compassionate inquiry. With 30+ years as an OT, Kim's specialties include complex behaviour, sensory processing, neuro-developmental treatment, autism, mental health, trauma-informed practice and attachment. To empower personal reflection, she recently co-authored the Canadian national best-seller "Conversations with a Rattlesnake" with her friend Theo Fleury.
Based in Victoria, Kim is on the road over 300 days a year teaching and learning. Her mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit.