September 26-27, 2019

The Henderson Beach Resort

Destin, Florida


A two day training conference designed to build the capacity of educators to build and sustain system-wide, trauma-informed support for all students.


The Trauma-Informed Schools Institute will address key skills and mindsets needed to develop school environments where students and staff feel supported and connected. You’ll walk away feeling empowered, ready to implement new strategies and actions, while deepening commitment and anchoring into a vision for your school. You will connect with colleagues as you practice content, reflect, apply and practice skills together. This is a engaged, active learning experience that will motivate your team to go back and implement change at your school.

  • Learn from experienced educational consultants during all sessions, including breakouts

  • You’ll have dedicated time to work on an action plan for your school and develop a blueprint for implementation

  • Count on the opportunity to make connections with other educational leaders who will further accelerate your progress, and provide a source of ongoing support as you leave our time together and you implement all you’ve learned.

We anticipate that this learning opportunity will fill quickly as we only have 200 spots available. Register early!


The Trauma-Informed Schools Institute will be held at the beautiful Henderson Beach Resort and Spa, located on the beautiful sugar white sands of Destin’s breathtaking Gulf Coast. Each guest room offers magnificent views of either the Gulf of Mexico and the adjacent nature preserve, shimmering and inviting pools framed by the waters of the Gulf, spectacular views of the nostalgic Crystal Beach cottages and the Gulf beyond, or the lush gardens and landscaped piazza.


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Clay Cook PhD LP

Dr. Clay Cook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a former educator and a licensed psychologist. He has published numerous articles and books on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of young people, with recent research focusing on resilience and optimizing overall life satisfaction. Beyond the university, he serves across the country as an educational consultant on models of school-based mental health, with a focus of promoting mental health in both youth and the adults who serve them.

Unpacking the Recipe for Promoting Student Social, Emotional and Behavioral Well-being as the Foundation for School & Life Success

Tier 1 Slides

Tier 2 & 3 Slides


Brian Smith MSW PhD

Dr. Smith has extensive experience working in schools as a school counselor, school social worker, and substance abuse counselor. Since receiving his PhD from the University of Washington he’s spent a decade as the primary research scientist behind the development and revision of the PreK -8th grade Second Step Program, the Social Emotional Learning curriculum currently used in 30% of US elementary schools. Brian is an expert on all aspects of Social Emotional Learning, including program development, implementation support, assessment, and evaluation. Brian is an experienced presenter, trainer, and consultant. Topics include SEL-based Stress Coping for Educators and the intersections between SEL and PBIS, MTSS and Restorative Practices.

Comprehensive Tier 1 Social Emotional Learning Slides

Self Regulation and Goal Attainment for Students and Staff

Keynote: Promoting Stress, Coping & Resilience with Educators Slides

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Denise Moody MSW LICSW

Denise Moody is the Assistant Director of Student Services with Rochester Public Schools. She has been working in educational settings for fifteen years, working with early childhood through high school age students primarily at the district level. Ms. Moody has special interest in the area of trauma-informed systems of care, school-based mental health and multi-tiered systems of support. She has been an adjunct professor at Winona State University in the Department of Social Work since 2006 and has a small private practice providing psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. Ms. Moody holds a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University in Social Work and a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine in Social Work. She has also completed post graduate work in the area of Educational Leadership with the University of Minnesota and is licensed as a Director of Special Education and as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Moody is also the Founder and Director of an educational consulting and events firm, Resilience Impact, LLC.

Healthy Students, Healthy Communities Addressing Students’ Needs Collaboratively Slides

Leveraging Adult Reflection and Relationships: The Missing Element in Creating a Trauma-Informed School Slides

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Julia Rose Polk MA LMFT

Julia Rose Polk is the founder and President of Trauma Camp, a professional development and consultation company that trains educators about trauma-informed approaches in the classroom. Julia Rose has been studying the impacts of early childhood trauma on adult mental health and behavior for over a decade. She is currently training in Dr. Bruce Perry's Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and Education, through the ChildTrauma Academy, is an Infant-Parent Mental Health Specialist, and is certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Youth Trauma Treatment Professional. Julia Rose was also given the honor of being an apprentice to a Cherokee Elder for many years. In this time, she was gifted some of the valuable wisdom about human development and healing that comes from the Cherokee heritage. These teachings and principles have deeply influenced her own healing and her work as a therapist, and are woven into the fabric of work with others. She has a deep appreciation for the Native American Elders who have passed this wisdom down through the generations and who have been willing to share this knowledge with communities outside of their own.

The 6 De-Escalation Strategies that Every Teacher Needs to Know Slides

“Help Me, Help You” the 3 Step Approach to Problem Solving with Kids that Every Teacher Needs to Know (and Use!) Slides

Registration Rates:

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Prefer to pay by check/purchase order? You may complete the registration form and we will send you an invoice that can be paid by check/purchase order!


Hotel Accommodations:


Henderson Beach Resort and Spa

200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, Florida

Conference Rate: $159.00

Booking Code: 10310Q



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