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May 23, 2017


2016-2017 Regional Forums


Integrating Trauma Sensitivity


 and Social Emotional Learning


 through PBIS, a Multi-Tiered


 System of Support


The New York State Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Technical Assistance Center (NYS PBIS-TAC), in partnership with the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC) Behavioral Specialists will be presenting twelve one-day regional forums across New York State.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a process for creating safer and more effective schools.  It is a research-based data-driven model that works with all students including those with challenging behavior issues.  PBIS offers a school-wide approach for identifying, teaching and acknowledging behavioral expectations to foster the most optimal school and learning climate. 

Session Overview: 

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) that supports all students in the social and behavioral domains. Due to the various and challenging needs of today’s student population, schools have begun to focus on how trauma impacts student functioning and how important social emotional learning (SEL) is to assisting students with being successful.

In this session, participants will learn how trauma affects an individual and strategies that can be incorporated into a PBIS/MTSS framework to increase sensitivity to these needs. In addition, the session will provide an overview of SEL and an instructional framework that schools can utilize to address student’s emotional learning needs.

Using student vignettes that are specific to the grade level they are currently working with (i.e., preschool, elementary, secondary); participants will have the opportunity to apply the principles of trauma sensitivity and social emotional learning, utilizing a PBIS/MTSS framework to provide efficient and effective supports.

Specifically, the objectives of the training are to assist participants with:

Recognizing how trauma impacts a student in the academic, social, and behavioral domains

Establishing a trauma sensitive lens to shift perspectives on students with challenging behavior and develop need based interventions

 Developing a context for the implementation of SEL to assist students with learning skills in all five social domains

Making connections between data, systems, and practices that can be utilized to braid PBIS/MTSS with trauma sensitive practices, and SEL to increase student social and academic engagement.

Please Note:

Presentation materials will be posted on the New York State PBIS website and will be provided to participants via a flash drive at time of training rather than paper versions. Please visit Regional Forum Materials 2016-2017 to see a full list of materials. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to utilize the flash drive during the training or may print the session documents in advance.     

Who should participate:

School administrators, general and special education teachers, teaching assistants, counselors and social workers. This training will be beneficial for PBIS team members at the Universal, Targeted, and Intensive levels.

This professional development is open to all districts in the region at no cost, on a first come, first served basis.




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