Trauma informed schools and classrooms, in response to the TRC and rising rates of mental health challenges in youth have become a focus across Canada. Building a sense of safety, trust and belonging, emotional resilience and regulation, mental flexibility, and coping skills serves everyone. In this workshop, we will share the latest information from neuroscience research, and strategies drawn from Indigenous models of healing and well-being, SEL, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness that can support both educators and students to manage emotional stress and critical incidents.
Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia in inclusive education. She is the author of “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning,” “Resource Teachers: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of UDL”, and “Ensouling Our Schools: A Universally Designed Framework for Mental health, Well-Being, and Reconciliation.” Dr. Katz taught in diverse classrooms from K-12 in Winnipeg and Vancouver for 16 years, including both special education classrooms and inclusive classrooms, in addition to working as a resource teacher, guidance counsellor, and consultant. Her work as an advocate of inclusive education has become known internationally. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC.