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Through a generous grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, and other community partners, LOGOS School is proud to present a robust and engaging speakers series of regionally and nationally recognized presenters who will address the most pertinent and challenging situations of current times pertaining to youth. This speakers series will provide parents, educators and the community with tools available to help adolescents work through issues they struggle with daily. This information will help destigmatize mental health issues to put all students on equal footing and a path to success. 

Through these sessions we plan to:

  • Give parents, educators, therapists and community members access to programs that will inform, teach and support them to help navigate the uncertain times adolescents are experiencing.
  • Destigmatize mental health issues and other common struggles adolescents are dealing with today.
  • Ensure adolescents and their families have the tools and skills necessary to manage and overcome mental health issues, stay in school, graduate and become productive members of the community.

All sessions are free of charge for anyone in the community who would like to learn more about these important topics.

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2020-2021 Speakers

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Getting Ready to Be Ready: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Your Students through a Trauma-Informed Lens

LOGOS Therapeutic School Speaker Series - Heather Forbes

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, discusses how COVID-19 has impacted students and how administrators, teachers and parents can prepare to deal with the trauma some adolescents will experience as they return to the classroom this fall.

Register today to join this blended training program, with both live and on-demand content. It will offer a fresh perspective with loving but scientifically-based options for helping students impacted by trauma. Techniques will be discussed and demonstrated to ensure that all students are given the support they need and a level playing ground to reach their full academic potential.

Your registration also includes a complimentary 60-day subscription to the Trauma-Informed Online Academy, a comprehensive professional development program providing even more information, tools and strategies to help trauma impacted students. 

Registration is now closed for this event.


9:00-10:15:  Live session with Heather T. Forbes (Zoom) "Getting Ready to Be Ready: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Your Students" 

10:15-3:00:  Breakout sessions from the Trauma-Informed Online Academy. You will be able to choose one session from below. (Please note sessions run approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.)

Session 1: ACES and Trauma Awareness
Explore adverse childhood experiences and learn why trauma has such a profound impact on the brain and relationships.
Session 2: Dysregulation

Learn what drives negative behavior and how to reframe it as a state of regulation or dysregulation.

Session 3: Scenarios (Choose Between Elementary or Secondary)
Watch teachers and students during common classroom scenarios and analyze what to do and what not to do when things start to escalate.
Session 4: Communicating and Connecting
Apply the language of trauma and shift your communication strategies to validate, empathize, connect and help students when they become dysregulated.

3:00-4:00:    Live session with Forbes, Q&A  (Zoom) "Bringing it All Together"

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Effects of Experience on Child Brain and Behavioral Development:  Understanding Risk and Building Strengths

Speaker Joan Luby From Washinton University School of Medicine

Joan Luby, MD, Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Psychiatry (Child) at Washington University School of Medicine

Please join us for a discussion on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on children and teens. Dr. Joan Luby, Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Psychiatry (Child) at Washington University School of Medicine, and founder and director of the Washington University School of Medicine Early Emotional Development Program (EEDP), will share information and insight from her vast research investigating how ACEs effect brain development in young people.



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