Video / Webinar / Podcast
Administrators, Educators, Related Services / Support Staff
TASN School Mental Health Initiative
Presented by Dr. Leora Wolf-Prusan, Leading for and With Wellbeing, Resilience, and Health in the Workplace will explore what trauma is and how services, systems, and policies can become trauma-informed to best provide individuals the care they need.
The archived webinar begins with basic theory and research that provides a framework for trauma-informed practices, and then examine what these practices look like across different systems, and dig into organizational level consideration for local providers, directors, and managers of agencies, and mental health and educational leaders.
Leora Wolf-Prusan, Ph.D., is the Director or Partnerships & Teaching at the Center for Applied Research Solutions. Her work includes serving as the School Mental Health Lead for the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, a project of SAMHSA that provides no-cost professional development to support the school mental health workforce in the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, California, Nevada & Arizona. She formerly served as the field director for a SAMHSA Now is the Time Initiative, ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma), which involves providing support to the 10 grantee cities and counties as they build city-based resiliency plans to respond to civil unrest due to community-based trauma. In addition to these national grants, she provides consulting and training for numerous other clients around issues related to school climate and positive youth development, educator mental health & wellness, and trauma-informed approached to education.
Operating through a framework in which public health, social work, and education intersect, her research examines how teachers cognitively appraise the gang/gun-related deaths of students, what factors contribute to teachers building resiliency, and what supports teachers need from the school system in the event of a student homicide or other traumas. Prior to joining CARS, Wolf-Prusan served as a school climate specialist for WestEd’s Health & Human Development program as well as an educator and school site leadership coach in a variety of education settings, primarily focusing on college and career-going culture in urban high school contexts, She is a well-received trainer, facilitator, public speaker, and educator.
She received a BA in international relations and a BA in Spanish with a minor in Social & Ethnic Relations from the University of California, Davis; a teaching credential from Mills College; and an EdD in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.
TASN SMHI is a social work continuing education approved provider through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB). KS BSRB Provider Number: 18-011
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