Event Details

Trauma: Foundations and Applications for Trauma Responsive Schools

  • 15 Nov 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Quora Education Center - 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117 - CONFERENCE ROOM B


  • Use the shared code from email to superintendents on 6/12 to receive $25 off a PD registration! Valid through 8/30.
  • Must be signed in to register.
  • Members can register school teams at the member rate by using the code provided in your first registration email (or by calling MESPA directly).


Trauma is the root cause of many of the most challenging behaviors schools deal with every day. This training will prepare principals and school staff to effectively serve and understand this population. 

Workshop Goals
This workshop will progress from the foundational knowledge of trauma to practical applications for effective trauma-responsive practices in schools to assist students affected by trauma. Attendees will develop an understanding of neurological and psychological development, learn how to create effective learning environments that support the needs of traumatized children, and come away with tools and strategies to immediately apply to their buildings in order to achieve continuous improvement and accountability. In addition, numerous interactional, instructional, and visual classroom management strategies will be presented.

"Danielle is an amazing educator who believes in the growth and development of ALL kids! She is wise, centered and REAL in her expectations of others and of herself. Those who get a chance to work with Danielle are lucky and will, undoubtedly, grow professionally in their ability to meet the varying and ever-changing needs of our students!."

- Beth Svenby, Owatonna Public Schools

In order to establish effective interactions the adults, not our students, must make the initial adjustments. Educators must learn how to understand the experience of these children in order to better serve them. This training covers all of these components for those working with our most vulnerable children. It is highly interactive with videos, music, and discussion to increase the level of impact and application.

Who should attend? 
This training is right for school leaders and staff at all stages of their journey to address trauma in their schools. The first half of the training will address the foundations leaders need to know to start addressing trauma. In the afternoon, attendees will learn how to apply the morning's lessons to their schools. 

Bring a team at the member rate!
Want to bring a school team, or send a few staff? If you are a member of MESPA, your whole team is invited to attend at the member rate! Use the code TRAUMATEAM to get the member rate ($125) for your staff. Call the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or email mespa@mespa.net for assistance.

About the Presenter
This training is facilitated by licensed psychotherapist and K-12 principal, Danielle Theis. Danielle has been working successfully with youth who experience mental health and behavioral challenges since 1990, and currently serves as Director of Special Services in Owatonna Public Schools. She prides herself in assisting schools in becoming trauma responsive. Her experience includes serving youth through residential treatment, school social work, child protective services, children’s mental health services and centers for child victims of domestic violence. Learn more about Danielle at http://danielletheisconsulting.com/.

General information

  • 6 Administrative CEUs will be provided for attending this workshop.
  • Morning beverages and lunch will be provided and included in your registration fee. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know.
  • Additional questions? Contact the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or email mespa@mespa.net.

Event Cancellation Policy 

A completed online registration constitutes a bill and a commitment to pay for a full seminar payment. Due to MESPA's incurred costs (i.e. materials, meals, speaking fees, etc.) please know that unfortunately, we are unable to grant refunds within two weeks of the event's start date. Prior to the two-week mark, we are able to issue a refund, less a $50 processing fee.

For Institute Exhibit registrations, please see the Cancellation Policy at mespa.net/exhibit.

Hotel Accommodations - Twin Cities events

Attending a professional development event in the Twin Cities? Consider booking at the DoubleTree Hotel in Roseville (formerly a Radisson Hotel) at our special rate of $113/night. To make a reservation, call 651.636.4567 and ask for the MN Elementary School Principals' Association rate, or click here and use the corporate code 3231008 to book online.

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