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Training & Education

The Fields Foundation provides intensive, culturally sensitive and preventive care for the whole-child and their families. Through our work with families in North Aurora, students, providers, educators and policy tables, we’re successfully addressing many of the social determinates of health which have lasting impact on children’s wellbeing and community health outcomes. Our community experts provide training for organizations working with families and children who have an interest in:

  • How to address Social Determinants of Health in the whole Family
  • Nuts and Bolts of Successful Care Coordination for families
  • Recognizing the toxic effects of trauma in children
  • Tools to Help families build resilience
  • Workplace diversity and inclusion
  • Trauma Informed Schools - Registration Opens Soon

Current Training Symposium: Creating Trauma Informed Schools
A comprehensive one-day trauma-informed workshop that is designed to give School Leadership Teams the understanding, knowledge, and tools they need to successfully create a trauma-informed learning environment that will reach into the future for decades. Schools are encouraged to send “Leadership Teams” of 2 to 8 (or more) members. The workshop is designed to be interactive and time will be provided for Leadership Teams to create their own action plan to take back to their schools. This is the beginning of long-term, sustainable positive change for our students, schools staff, and our school systems. *Each participant will be given “The Trauma-Informed School Guide” (pictured), which is included in the registration cost.

What Can I Expect From This Workshop?

  1. A review of evidenced-based research on how trauma impacts brain development and student behavior.
  2. Participants will learn about their own self-regulation and identify their “triggers” that impact their students coming from toxic home environments.
  3. Participants will be encouraged to look at a “New Approach” to student behavior that is supported by evidence-based research.
  4. Effective systems will be introduced to successfully work with our most challenging students, yet is good for all students.

Leadership Team Activities

Assessing Personal and School Perspectives

  1. What are my “Triggers” that lead me to being dysregulated, or not responding well to student behavior?
  2. How does your school handle noncompliant students who are disrupting the learning environment?
  3. How would you assess your main office’s service to parents, staff, and students?
  4. Motivation of staff to move towards trauma-informed practices.
  5. Does your school have “Calm Room” elementary schools, or In School Suspension Room secondary schools?
  6. Are your consequences traditional or trauma-informed?

Effective Trauma-Informed Systems

  1. How to effectively use a Calm Room for Elementary Level Students.
  2. How to effectively use an In School Suspension Room for Secondary Level Students.
  3. Student of Concern meetings with action plans.
  4. Pre and Post Staff Surveys
  5. Pre and Post Student Surveys
  6. How to use a School Resource Officer Effectively
  7. Tracking Student Infractions.
  8. Intervention and Prevention Strategies when working with students who are struggling and disrupting the learning environment.

Spring Summit: Coming February 2018
Building Resilience in Children

Course Description:
The Fields Foundation will present a critically important Summit based on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. This is changing how systems of care respond to health problems in a more comprehensive manner; communities & schools across the nation are becoming ACE informed to promote better physical and mental health among children & adults.

What is Resilience?
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. 

Why is Resilience Important?
Research shows the ability to use resiliency-building factors increases the likelihood that individuals will be able to reach their full potential, and mitigates the damaging effects that adverse childhood experiences can have over the lifespan. This 2-day Summit will accelerate your knowledge of practical resiliency-building strategies and actions to elevate the well-being of the children and families you serve and care for.