MESPA Institute is still on despite the weather! Travel safely and we will see you there! Join us for the professional development event of the year! On February 6-8, 2019, you will be joined by 450+ of your colleagues for an incredible experience. With presentations from EIGHT incredible thought leaders, more than 25 sessions rooted in mental health, innovation, education equity, and leadership development, MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues, a Makerspace and Therapy Dog Showcase, an Unconference in which you guide your own learning, and 80+ education-based exhibits, how could you go wrong?

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Wednesday, February 6 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ghosts in the Classroom: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Impact on Children

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The single biggest public health discovery of our time plays out in our schools on a daily basis. Students who have experienced significant traumatic events may have difficulty with relationships, learning in the school environment, or significant behavioral problems. Without understanding this dynamic, schools may inadvertently negatively impact these children.

A national organization called ACE Interface has put together information to share with others on the impact of ACEs on children and families. In this presentation, attendees will gain a better understanding of what ACES are, their impact on the body and mind, and what you can do to limit the impact of these experiences on your students.

Participants will:
1. Understand how ACEs effects learning and classroom behavior
2. Understand how resiliency factors can mitigate the impact of ACEs
3. Put into place structures that meet the needs of kids with trauma                    

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Luke Spiegelhoff

Luke Spiegelhoff is a clinical social worker who has been practicing over 25 years in a variety of mental health positions including in-home therapist, outpatient therapist, school social worker, and clinical supervisor. He has served mainly school aged children and their families... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm CST
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