Healthy Power in Schools: Creating a Path for Engagement, Learning, and Equity – A Webinar Series
with Gillian Boudreau, Ph.D. and Joelle van Lent, Psy.D.
How do school systems and people within them nurture a deep awareness of inequitable and unhealthy patterns in order to actively interrupt them in their communities? Join Gillian and Joelle as they discuss both symptoms of power imbalance and creative solutions for engagement, learning, and equity.
Session 2: Mental Bandwidth and Space to Think
In this recording, Gillian and Joelle will address the impact of fear on the brain and on communities. Particular attention will be paid to intersectionality and the heavier mental burden of chronic fear and stress on BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent people, and others.
Other webinars in the series:
This webinar addresses the impacts of chronic fear and stress on executive functioning. Using research on trauma, resiliency, and developmental psychology, the presenters unpack the predictably contagious nature of fear in communities, and simple interpersonal shifts that can reduce this effect.
When leaders and decision-makers are overwhelmed, afraid, and burned out, power gets consolidated further away from vulnerable students and staff, creating a feedback loop of fear and distress in the community. This session takes a critical look at what and who is inherently prioritized in public schools, who is chronically stressed by the system, and what can be done about it.