Trauma-Informed Educational Practices (TIEPs) in Higher Education

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January 29, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers


Debra L. Berke and Rebecca M. Ghabour

Trauma-informed educational practices (TIEPs) are particularly useful in social work and clinical counseling/family therapy programs due to the inclusion of reflexive pedagogy and acknowledgement of diverse student learners.

In this webinar, presenters Debra L. Berke, Ph.D., CFLE, and Rebecca M. Ghabour, Ph.D., will focus on how to include TIEPs in the Family Science classroom by acknowledging the prevalence of trauma/toxic stress; recognizing how trauma affects all individuals involved with a program, organization, or system; and learning how to respond by putting this knowledge into practice in the face-to-face classroom, as well as in online environments.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  1. learn how to recognize and acknowledge trauma and toxic stress in the classroom;
  2. learn skills you can use to educate students about the systematic impact of trauma; and
  3. receive self-care tools to use with students and with educators.

What Attendees Said About This Webinar:

"Wonderful presentation about a topic that I believe is very important. I teach at a university with mostly traditionally aged students from difficult backgrounds, and with complicated needs. I will be keeping the information and strategies from the webinar as I move forward. Thank you!"

"I appreciate the specific, practical suggestions provided."

"This was a great webinar to consider the impact of trauma on my students. I was able to consider not just more 'major' trauma but also things such as pregnancy, illness, family death and also think about how each component of class (e.g., syllabus, assignment descriptions) can support or hinder students. Very insightful. I will make time to really reflect on the content and integrate it into my work."

Intended Audience

  • Educators and future educators
  • Those working in helping professions, or intending to work in helping professions

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

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About the Presenters

Debra L. Berke, Ph.D., CFLE is professor and director of psychology programs at Wilmington University in Delaware. Prior to joining the Wilmington University faculty in 2009, she taught family studies and women’s studies for 15 years at Messiah College, where she also directed the Gender Studies Project. Dr. Berke has served as chair of NCFR’s Family Policy and Education and Enrichment sections and has served on the NCFR Board of Directors. She has also been president of the Family Science Association.

Dr. Berke has been a consultant for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the state of Delaware. She has led multiple trainings in trauma-informed approaches for organizations such as Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Ministry of Caring, and Summer Collab, as well as for Wilmington University faculty.

Rebecca M. Ghabour, Ph.D., is associate professor of psychology and chair of the psychology program at Wilmington University, where she enjoys teaching courses in child development, research methods, and trauma-informed approaches. In addition to her teaching, she has focused her efforts on helping students retain and persist through a variety of initiatives within the psychology program and university-wide.

While earning her doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Delaware, Dr. Ghabour researched college students’ achievement motivation and assisted with research on children’s self-perceptions, mathematical difficulties, and pre-service teachers’ representations of knowledge.

Dr. Ghabour has given multiple workshops in trauma and resilience in higher education, elementary schools, and child-care settings.


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