Trauma Informed Practices – The Link to Social/Emotional Success
Presented by Kelly Rizzi
Trauma Informed Practices are the link to social/emotional success for anyone who has experienced toxic stress and trauma. Due to repeated triggering of the fear response system, the brain develops differently, and taking in new knowledge can often be challenging. Navigating social/emotional situations can also be difficult. Trauma Informed Practices help everyone to be better regulated, which decreases challenging behavior, and promotes social/emotional success across the community.
Kelly Rizzi is an educator of 30 years. She has taught everything from preschool through eighth grade. She was a literacy coach for four years, then served as Vice-Principal at Parsons Junior High. She then served as Principal of Rother Elementary School for five years. Currently she is serving her eighth year as Director of School and District Support for Shasta County Office of Education. In this role she provides coaching and professional development in the following areas: ELA/ELD, UDL (Universal Design for Learning), SEL (Social Emotional Learning), Trauma Informed Practices, Restorative Practices and Mental Health First Aid. She is certified through Dr. Bruce Perry’s Trauma Academy in the Neuro-sequential Model of Education. She is also an ACE Interface Trainer and a TOT for the International Institute for Restorative Practices. In addition, she recently became certified as a TOT in Youth Mental Health First Aid. For the last six years she has shared this science and these tools with more than 4,000 educators throughout California.