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VT-HEC to Start New Series on Trauma

VT-HEC Mission Investment Fund Supports Development of New Series

In partnership with the Northeast Family Institute (NFI), the VT-HEC is developing a new series focusing on childhood trauma and trauma-informed schools.  NFI’s David Melnick will kick off the series with a workshop on February 16, 2017 in Montpelier, VT.  The workshop can also be taken as part of a graduate course entitled: Developmental Trauma and Trauma-Informed Schools: Theory, Practice, and Implementation.  This course will be the first in what is planned to be a series of courses that will support school personnel as they work to apply the principes of Trauma-Informed Schools.

The workshop and course will focus on the global impact that chronic traumatic stress has on the developing child. Research and clinical practice has helped clarify the expansive effects of chronic trauma, often referred to as the “Seven Domains of Impairment” (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network). Participants will examine these seven domains with an eye towards their application by educators and schools, noting the specific and often innovative strategies necessary to help children learn and develop.

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Dennis has been the Director of the the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the VT-DOE as Director of teams with various names that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He also spent 6 years as a classroom teacher grades 5-8 in NJ.

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