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MAASE Conference 2018

MAASE Conference

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MAASE Conference 2018
two women in professional clothing standing in front of a projector that says "creating a path to resilience shawna boomgaard and melissa lopez"
Melissa Lopez, Dove Academy and Shawna Boomgaard, OU/PSA

Shawna Boomgaard (LMSW, CTP-E and Manager of Academic Accountability at OU) and Melissa Lopez (CTP-E and Title One Director at Dove Academy of Detroit) presented, “Creating a Path to Resilience” at the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education in Traverse City, MI.

This training focused on best practices to use with children who are living in a constant state of toxic stress. Instead of asking a child what happened, it focuses on their lives now. Discussion of moving traumatized youth between themes of trauma and feelings of connection, resilience and strength. Activities presented included how to incorporate mind-body skills and expressive art activities that provide children and adolescents with a platform to be an active participant in their healing.

"I'm so thankful for the opportunity to spread the word about the effects of trauma and the power of resilience to the many educators who attended the conference!" Melissa Lopez

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