“healthy emotion regulation involves monitoring, tempering and modifying emotional reactions in helpful ways in order to reach personal and professional goals.”
“National Education Policy Center Fellow Elizabeth Dutro responds to difficult questions about how teachers can effectively and respectfully address the traumas that are touching so many of their students’ lives, either in person or from afar, even as they, themselves, may be experiencing similar traumas of their own.”
4 suggestions for “reaching the students and families at serious risk for harmful behaviours… one of the most urgent concerns facing school psychologists right now.”
“1. Develop a long term recovery plan.
2. Assess, don’t assume.
3. Develop a resource map
4. Provide professional development and emotional care for adults”
Helping students cope with uncertainty: advice from psychologist
1. feeling distressed about being unable to predict what will happen is entirely normal
2. put things in perspective
3. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
“As schools across the country remain closed, students with trauma, difficult home situations, and anxiety need support now more than ever.”
“There are many ways to connect – in person with our families at home, but also using email, phone, texts, video calling, conference calls and social media. Circles can happen virtually,.IIRP”
Caring adult or frontline hero, here are some good ideas for sustaining professionals in traumatic times
a) First principle of crisis response: model calmness.
b) Understand the circularity between micro and macro dynamics.
c) Our bodies have become weaponized.
d) Treat the big things big and the little things little.
e) Make good use of unused human resources.
f) Over-functioners/Under-functioners and Natural leaders.
h) Self-Care Strategies in Appendix 1
When schools close, the safety and well being of students is affected, particularly those who are homeless
“For children and youth experiencing homelessness, early childhood settings and school may be the only source of food, education, health and mental health services, caring adults, and a safe place to be during the day. “