When: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Where: This is a virtual workshop. Registrants will receive login information for the Zoom platform upon registration, with subsequent event reminders scheduled to ensure you receive program updates and have all that you need to join this session virtually.

NOTE: This is a special workshop designed to support educators and youth service providers in Maine. Members of Aroostook Community Collaborative (ACC) and Northern Maine Education Collaborative (NMEC) are encouraged to attend as their leadership wishes to use the frameworks presented in this workshop to guide efforts in the 2020-2021 school year.


Dana Asby, MA, MEd
New England MHTTC and Center for Educational Improvement

Meet Our Presenters

Martha Staeheli, PhD
Director, New England MHTTC, School Mental Health Initiative and
Instructor, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Christine Mason, PhD

Director, Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative and
Executive Director, Center for Educational Improvement

Dana Asby, MA, MEd
Education Coordinator, New England MHTTC and
Director, Innovation and Research Support, Center for Educational Improvement


School and Community-based Trauma-skilled Practices Supporting Youth
The Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative's
Compassionate School Mental Health Model

A Special Session for Educators and Youth Service Providers in Maine 

Join us for a one-day virtual workshop to help your community to alleviate trauma, toxic stress, and mental health challenges for youth and those who work with them.

Understanding how to cultivate a compassionate school community, using mindfulness practices and community-based visioning to address trauma, will help staff, as well as students and their families, return to school this fall with tools to overcome the mental health challenges presented by COVID-19 and amid widespread collaborative support to end racial inequity and injustice across the globe.

Our Plan for the Day

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
For educators and youth service providers in Maine

Community members who work with youth in their roles as mental health service providers, medical professionals, police officers, and with other organizations will join educators to:

  • Learn about the neurobiology and lasting health effects of trauma and stress

  • Gain mindfulness skills and strategies to address trauma and mental illness for staff and students

  • Understand how schools and community organizations can work together to vision for a compassionate response to trauma

  • Brainstorm community-based solutions in breakout rooms

Yoga to Relax and Restore, with our trainer Dana Asby
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Optional for all attendees
Enjoy a pre-recorded session of our hosted hour of relaxing yoga to reduce stress and increase happiness.

Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For educators in Maine
Our afternoon working session is designed for educators to gain practical experiences with visioning and taking the initial steps to implement trauma-skilled practices in your schools. We will guide you through the first steps of our 8-step iterative visioning process. To help inform your implementation, participants will take a demonstration version of the online School Compassionate Culture Analytical Tool for Educators (S-CCATE). Independently validated with over 800 educators, this tool can be used for progress monitoring as you enhance your compassionate response to mental health challenges.

Educators will return to our virtual workshop for:

  • A facilitated visioning session where school leaders and educators can begin preliminary planning for their compassionate response to trauma and mental illness

  • A demo of the School Compassionate Culture Analytical Tool for Educators, a valid and reliable online school culture assessment

  • A Q&A session with Maine C-TLC Fellows and staff