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Interdisciplinary Conference on Trauma & Learning in Post-Secondary Education

Massachusetts Bay Community College is proud to host the interdisciplinary and inter-professional conference on trauma and learning in post-secondary education. One particular emphasis of this conference will be how the issues of trauma present themselves and are responded to in the diverse, 21st century college environment. These issues influence successful academic learning and relationship-building, campus safety and security, internal and external system of supports and referrals, and specific learning populations such as military service members and veterans, adult learners transitioning in the workplace, and first generation college students. Additionally, this conference affirms that acute and long-term effects of trauma engage a culturally constructed set of experiences, binding both injury and healing alike to defining collective forces of class, gender, race, culture, and sexuality.

AUDIENCE: Educators and faculty, mental health professionals and clinicians, researchers, social workers, veterans’ service providers, and other interested parties articulate and share strategies relevant to trauma and learning. Of particular emphasis will be how issues of trauma present and are responded to in the post secondary setting, particularly as these issues influence successful academic learning and relationship-building, campus safety and security, internal and external system of supports and referrals, specific learning populations such as Veterans returning from service, international and ESL/ELL, survivors of violence, and others. We especially encourage attention to the diverse and dynamic community college communities.

THEMES/QUESTIONS: How do recent research findings on both chronic and acute trauma affect understanding of the influence trauma has on the brain, learning processes and executive functions central to academic and workplace success? What are some implications for best practices?

How might understanding trauma-informed clinical issues regarding cognitive, behavioral and relational dynamics affect or influence academic retention and performance?

How might current K-12 trauma-sensitive school models affect a post-secondary academic definition of roles and practices at the level of the classroom, student services, and institutional collaboration and focus?

What are some of the trauma-specific challenges and resilience skills demonstrated by student veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq? What are model relationships between Veteran Services and academia?

How is teaching and learning affected by self-disclosure of traumatic content in academic writing and research? What are some specific concerns around teaching potentially triggering content such as slavery or Holocaust literature?

How and in what ways do Allied Health professionals train and prepare for the unique stressors of first responder occupations such as Emergency Medical Technicians, Trauma Nursing, and others?

Do educational institutions unintentionally re-traumatize the students they serve, and if so, in what specific ways?

 


This information will be regularly updated with information on keynote speakers, continuing education credits, accommodations and transportation, and other relevant details. Please contact Jeanie Tietjen for further information: jtietjen@massbay.edu or 781.239.2203.