Trauma Sensitive Classrooms & Schools

Intersection of Trauma, Resilience and Self-Care

October 4, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D., (Dr. MC), Special Education Administrator, Melrose Public Schools

Webinar Description
This engaging workshop will take participants beyond the basics with the latest research and leading voices in trauma-sensitive education. Participants will review preliminary information and definition of terms, including an exploration of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), focusing on building the skill of resilience. This workshop will also examine misconceptions about trauma, the effect trauma has on the brain, and review common challenges when working with students impacted by trauma. Lastly, participants will understand the connection between caring for the self and caring for others and how best to promote this for their students to support those impacted by trauma and help them build resilience.

About the Speaker
Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D. (Dr. MC), is the founder of "Dr. MC's Self-Care Cabaret," where your health and well-being take center stage. It is the space to help you find your spotlight and learn all the different aspects of self-care. Additionally, Theresa is a Special Education Administrator in the Greater Boston area. Inspired by her doctoral research, Theresa loves to help others practice better self-care and she is deeply passionate about this mission. Theresa is a recent graduate from Lesley University's Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program in Cambridge, MA. Theresa understands the challenges of balancing life's responsibilities and the importance of making time for you. With a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Emerson College and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Salem State University, Theresa has a variety of unique experiences, from counseling adolescents with mental health needs to choreographing professional musicals. She also serves as a member of The Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council (PCEIAC) for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts. Theresa has presented her expertise across the country, and she has additional publications in the works. Please visit her website for more information, subscribe to her blog, and find links to her growing community @DrMCselfcare.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY event after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. For assistance email

Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D.

Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D.

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