Trauma Sensitive Classrooms & Schools

Parents and Caregivers are Traumatized: Learn the Science Behind Their Behaviors and How to Support Them

April 5, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Speaker: Sheilah Gauch, LICSW, Principal, Dearborn Academy

Webinar Description
This presentation looks at the science behind why caregivers of students with high needs are often stuck in acute stress/trauma reactions and why it can be challenging to partner with them. By understanding the trauma that this key group of stakeholders experiences – and how to respond to the behaviors that it manifests – we can better implement strategies to help our students make effective progress.

About the Speaker
Sheilah Gauch, LICSW,  holds a Masters in Educational Organizational Management and is licensed as a Principal, Special Education Administrator and School Adjustment Counselor through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Sheilah has been working with children with significant mental health needs for over 20 years.  She is currently the Principal of Dearborn Academy, a Chapter 766 Private Therapeutic Day School.  Dearborn Academy serves students with significant social/emotional and learning challenges.  She has supported the school in the creation of a robust academic and clinical milieu to support students with the highest level of need. Sheilah began her career working with children, ages 5-18,  in an outpatient treatment setting.  Sheilah then moved to work as a clinician at a residential treatment program, where she stayed for close to ten years. From there, she moved to join a public school setting as a Special Education social worker.  Here she supported students in sub-separate programming and went on to develop and oversee the district’s Tier 3 off-site transitional program. Sheilah serves as the Chair of her local Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC). She has two children of her own children who have required special education services. Both of her children were ultimately diagnosed with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS).  Sheilah is an active advocate for PANS/PANDAS awareness. She co-founded the Massachusetts Coalition for PANS/PANDAS legislation. This group led the grassroots advocacy effort in Massachusetts that supported the passage of S2984, a health care bill that included both the creation of a PANS/PANDAS Advisory Council and a mandate that insurance companies must provide coverage for the disease.Sheilah attended the University of Texas where she was an All-American swimmer as well as an Olympic Trial participant. Her experience as a collegiate athlete reinforced for her the value and importance of teamwork, perseverance and resiliency – all values she feels are essential to her work in supporting children, and their families and systems, with complex mental health needs.

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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. 

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Sheilah Gauch, LICSW

Sheilah Gauch, LICSW

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