Transformation: An Elementary Counsellor's Experience of Creating a Trauma-Sensitive, Culrutally-Safe School

Learn how I helped create a school team to transform an inner-city elementary school into a culturally-safe, trauma-informed school.  Learn why we need TIP (Trauma-Informed Practice) in schools and  how trauma impacts our students and staff.  Learn how to start the process of getting school buy-in for transformation and ways to create a path for school transformation.  Lastly, learn strategies for teaching from a trauma-informed perspective that creates safety for all students, both in the classroom and within a building itself.  Using the most current research from neuroscience, learn how a trauma-safe school leads students into more resilient ways of being and the strategies to get them there.  Receive my list of suggested resources for getting started and what you need as you develop a culture of Trauma-Sensitive school practices over time.

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  • Ms.
    Michelle McElroy

    Michelle McElroy is a clinical counsellor and full time elementary school counsellor at an inner-city school in Northern BC, and as as a mental health clinician for Northern Health during her summers.

    She has spent the last six years providing professional development in Trauma-Informed Practice for school staff in Northern BC as a District Resource Teacher and presenter at BCTF Zone conferences.

    Her lived experience of teaching and counselling vulnerable populations has taken her from the lower mainland, the UK, China, and the past eight years in Prince George, BC.  She has undergraduate degrees from UBC and SFU and completed her Masters of Education Cousnelling at UNBC.

    Michelle sees herself as an activist, working to support teachers, EA’s, Aboriginal Education Workers and students, by bringing about powerful and compassionate practices to support the creation of trauma-informed schools in BC.