Trauma Sensitive Classrooms & Schools

The Toll of Working with Trauma - Session 2 of 2

November 22, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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This webinar is limited to 2 participants per school district/organization in order to reach as many member districts as possible. If registration says closed, please email Lauren at to be added to the wait list.

Speakers: Session 1 - Marlene Kenney, LISCW, MA, Coordinator, Trauma and Loss Counseling Service, Riverside Trauma Center; Session 2 - Waheeda Saif, LMHC, Program Coordinator, Riverside Trauma Center

Webinar Description
This training explores the toll that working with people who  suffered trauma has on human service professionals through vicarious and direct exposures. We will discuss advances in trauma stewardship and toxic stress. Participants will be introduced to the framework of the 3Rs of Self-Care: Reflection, Regulation, and Relaxation and presented with examples of safe and healthy coping strategies. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own understanding, history, and methods for coping, and to consider ways to address the barriers to engaging in self-care on personal, systemic, and societal levels, so that they may remain able to provide optimum levels of intervention. 

Attendees must register for and participate in both two-hour webinar sessions. A code will be given out during each session for accountability purposes. Please hold onto the codes- you will enter them into one PDP and/or CEU form, which are available on Request Forms page of MPY's website. Forms must be completed within 8 days of the 2nd session.

About the Speaker
Marlene has 17 years of experience as a trauma clinician working with children, teens, and families. She has provided therapy to survivors of sexual assault, bullying, terrorist attacks, suicide, and other traumatic loss. At Riverside Trauma Center, she conducts trainings on resilience, crisis management, and suicide prevention and postvention, and is a Trauma Responder providing support and consultation to schools, communities, and individuals after traumatic events. She is an EMDR International Association Approved Consultant and practitioner of EMDR therapy, and trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Trauma-Focused CBT. She has earned a Social Work Master’s degree from the National School of Social Service, National Catholic University and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northeastern University.

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

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