Wellbeing in Education: Healing Trauma Using Somatic Approaches
Participate and share : Poster
Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Dr. Kathryn Kennedy Liz Tsardounis
With the onset of COVID-19, wellbeing has become a vital focus area for educators to not only support their caregivers and students but also to support themselves. Using somatic approaches to healing trauma, this session provides research-based best practices from yoga, Qigong, mindfulness, and meditation.
|Audience:||Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Topic:||Social emotional learning|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Additional detail:||ISTE author presentation|
|Influencer Disclosure:||This session includes a presenter that indicated a “material connection” to a brand that includes a personal, family or employment relationship, or a financial relationship. See individual speaker menu for disclosure information.|
It is apparent in our every day lives and confirmed by research that we live in an age of distraction. With the growth in use of digital devices, we are constantly taken out of our places of being into ungrounded spaces of busy-ness and constant doing. While I'm 100% an advocate of meaningful use of digital learning, I am also just as much a strong believer in the practice of self-care, boundaries, trauma healing, and space to maintain balance and well-being.
In this 3-hour self-care workshop, attendees will first listen to the statistics around distraction, self-care, well-being, trauma, and secondary traumatic stress and will take part in a share and discuss segment to share their own experiences with distraction, busy-ness, trauma, and secondary traumatic stress. Research will be shared about the benefits of short practices to help promote wellbeing and trauma healing, and the remainder of the session (approximately 2.5 hours) will be dedicated to learning and experiencing wellbeing strategies from a variety of disciplines including yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, mindfulness, meditation, etc. Restorative practices will be used, including yoga nidra, yin yoga, gentle yoga, and sound healing.
Dr. Kathryn Kennedy has been an education consultant and researcher focused on K-12 online, blended, and digital learning for over 15 years. She is also the founder of Wellness for Educators, an organization passionate about supporting educators with trauma- and equity-informed practices and strategies for wellbeing and social and emotional learning. Offering a wide array of professional learning opportunities, such as book studies, webinars, a podcast, and microcourses, and partnering with educational organizations to provide educators with collections of tools and a supportive community, Wellness for Educators is dedicated to helping educators build resiliency. https://wellnessforeducators.com/