Trauma-Informed School Re-Entry:

Best Practices and Roundtable Discussion for Schools

For: School Leaders, School Counselors, Deans of Students, Guidance Departments, and Advisors


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.






During the COVID-19 pandemic and national racial justice crisis, we -- educators, individuals, family members -- are experiencing collective trauma. Along with students,administrators, faculty and staff continue to process the feelings of loss and uncertainty brought about by the closing of our schools in particular. In the context of looming unknowns (e.g. rapidly changing virus transmission patterns, ever-evolving classroom and campus protocols and increasingly prominent social discord) this interactive Webinar will address how the school re-entry process can support the emotional wellbeing of not only students, but faculty and staff.

Using a "trauma-informed" framework, guidance departments, school counselors, and school leadership teams can jumpstart a crucial preliminary part of the re-entry process now - before our colleagues re-engage with students - in order to assuage the anxiety and stress that teachers, coaches, dorm parents, and other staff members may be feeling. By providing well-informed, intentional support for faculty and staff, your school will be better prepared to interact with students in meaningful, effective, and culturally competent ways that will enhance their social and emotional well-being when they do return to classes. Following a brief presentation, we will provide ample time for participants’ questions and discussion with clinical psychologist and student affairs consultant, Deborah Offner, and also time to break into professional affinity groups in order to discuss, process, and collaborate to strengthen all of our school communities.




$50 per registrant, Member Schools
$75 per registrant, NonMember Schools



Presenter: Deborah Offner is a clinical psychologist and student affairs consultant who has taught and counseled middle, high school, and college students for more than two decades. From 2003-2017, she served as Consulting Psychologist and subsequently Dean of Students at The Commonwealth School, an independent college preparatory school in Boston. She currently consults to independent school counselors, classroom teachers, senior administrators, and student affairs teams about mental health, school policy, and campus life. Deborah also maintains an active clinical practice in a Boston suburb, where she specializes in adolescents, young adults, and their families.



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MEMBER INFORMATION: If your school is a member of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.

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Cancellation Policy:

For Round Tables: Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation one week prior to the program.

For Workshops, Conferences and Retreats: Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeks prior to the program.

In the event of inclement weather, programs may be delayed or postponed.