Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Racism, Equity & Trauma

October 20, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Joel Ristuccia, M.Ed., School Psychologist, Adjunct Professor, Lesley University

Webinar Description
Systemic forces impact our public schools , including racism and trauma, which generate a number of inequities that preclude large numbers of students from succeeding in school. Understanding the interrelated impacts of these systemic factors and the affects they have on students is the foundation for understanding the change necessary to create public schools that are based on equity, anti-racist principles and trauma sensitivity. This presentation will examine the foundations and intersectionality of racism and trauma, noting the impacts on our schools and student learning.  A framework for generating strategies and processes to address these impacts will be presented and discussed on both a school wide and individual student support basis.

About the Speaker
 Joel M. Ristuccia is a certified School Psychologist with over twenty-five years experience working in the public schools. Over the last twenty years, he has worked with students at risk for failure due to social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. He continues to assist schools and school districts in addressing these students' needs. Mr. Ristuccia has served as a consultant on the impact of trauma on student learning to the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) and is a co-author of “Helping Traumatized Children Learn.” Additionally, he has consulted with the Department of School Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, presented program model research findings at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), presented for the Department of Education in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Washington and the University of Wisconsin on topics related to the impact of trauma on learning and on the role of trauma in student behaviors that can lead to punitive discipline and school failure. Mr. Ristuccia is an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University, teaching courses in developing trauma sensitive school wide, classroom and individual interventions to support all students to be successful in the general education curriculum. Mr. Ristuccia holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.

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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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Joel Ristuccia, M.Ed.

Joel Ristuccia, M.Ed.

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