Once people understand the impact that trauma has on students and staff in adult education programs, the next question is often: How can we change our practices to be trauma-informed? In this session, we focus on the application of healing-centered strategies and practices that help you become more trauma-informed in your classroom and program. Walk away from this session with strategies, and a larger sense of how to integrate healing into your everyday educational routines and student and staff interactions.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult education directors, advisors, teachers and all staff who want to make their programs and classrooms trauma-informed through the use of healing-centered strategies

The offering consists of two parts. Attendance at both parts is mandatory.

Part 1 (March 13, 2024, 10am-12pm): This participatory session uses modeling, scenarios, and small group discussion to build skills in using healing-centered strategies in your programs and classrooms.  We will start with a brief reminder of the impact of personal and community trauma on adult learners’ ability to engage and persist, before moving into strategies and scenarios. We will use adult education scenarios as a place to build your skills using healing-centered practices. In addition, the presenters will model healing-centered strategies as we move through the session, giving you a taste of what it is like to be in a healing-centered space.  

Asynchronous Work: It is expected that you will be continuing the work for an estimated two hours between Part 1 and Part 2.

Part 2 (April 3, 1pm-3pm): One month later, we will come back together to discuss the application of some of these strategies in your program and classroom setting. What worked? What challenges arose? What challenges continue to emerge? Come to share your experience and receive support from your peers and our expert facilitators. 

All are welcome to come with their full humanity, their willingness to learn, and their desire to question and deepen their trauma-informed work.

Several days before the event, Jane Brandt at jane_brandt@worlded.org will send you an email with the Zoom link.

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    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the importance of a trauma lens and healing-centered work in adult education
  • Apply healing-centered practices to classroom, programming and personal scenarios
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
03/13/2024 - 10:00 am to 03/13/2024 - 12:00 pm
04/03/2024 - 1:00 pm to 04/03/2024 - 3:00 pm
End Date

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Advising & Student Support Services
Topic Area
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
ADEI Professional Growth
Education Leadership & Program Management
Learning Disabilities / Differences
New Staff
Trauma Informed