When We Heal A Traumatized Child, We Heal Our Community

We believe education is a critical component to helping traumatized children on their road to recovery and have designed our TraumaTALKS programs for professionals who are on the frontlines of this issue, including educators and organizations working with children. The State of Texas is now requiring all public and charter schools to provide trauma-informed training for all educators, including educators who work outside of special education.

TraumaTALKS are high-quality trauma-informed-training and professional development presentations, featuring Chester Street Foundation’s Founder and CEO, Shawn Alex Nemeth (a trauma survivor), along with other licensed mental health professionals. TraumaTALKS are offered as live presentations and through On Demand videos with Professional Development credits for mental health professionals.

TraumaTALK:The Invisible Wounds of Childhood Trauma, A Personal, and Professional Perspective
Viewing packages for schools and other organizations are available with a 15% discount offered at increasing participant levels.

  • $250 up to 50 participants
  • $425 up to 100 participants
  • $638 up to 200 participants
  • $850 up to 300 participants
  • $200 additional fee for a 30-minute Q&A with Shawn Nemeth through Zoom

This 50-minute professionally-produced On Demand video provides an overview of childhood trauma against the backdrop of Shawn’s inspirational story. In addition to understanding the science behind the emotional reactions to trauma, participants will be able to: 1) Name at least three adverse experiences that can cause trauma, 2) Identify three kinds of changes to the brain that may result from trauma, 3) Describe three strategies to help children cope with trauma.

Purchasing the On Demand video is easy and involves these four steps.

  1. Complete online inquiry form to request On Demand video.
  2. Receive call from Chester Street Foundation team member to select viewing package within two business days.
  3. Complete and return Service Agreement sent by Chester Street Foundation.
  4. Receive email confirmation with link to video and link to survey to be sent to participants.
  5. Mail in payment via check.

Schools and other organizations must choose the week for when the video will be made available to their staff, however, Chester Street Foundation does allow rescheduling if notified in advance. For any questions, contact info@chesterstreetfoundation.org

Live Presentations

**In response to the pandemic, virtual TraumaTALKS are available on Zoom through the end of October.**

These evidenced-based one-hour presentations are effective trauma-informed training and professional development resources for educators K-12, school administrators, and mental health professionals. Presentations are given by given by Chester Street Foundation’s Founder and CEO, Shawn Alex Nemeth (a trauma survivor), and can be presented one at a time or as a half day of training. Materials provided include a full color outline, survey and Certificate of Achievement for Professional Development credit.

This Professional Development Activity is endorsed by Texas Psychological Association (TPA): One-hour Professional Development credit for psychologists, social workers, and counselors.

TraumaTALK: The Invisible Wounds of Childhood Trauma, A Personal, and Professional Perspective
(Also available as an On Demand video)

This presentation provides an overview of childhood trauma against the backdrop of Shawn’s inspirational story. In addition to understanding the science behind the emotional reactions to trauma, participants will be able to: 1) Name at least three adverse experiences that can cause trauma, 2) Identify three kinds of changes to the brain that may result from trauma, 3) Describe three strategies to help children cope with trauma.

TraumaTALK: Trauma in the Classroom Part I
What Teachers Need to Know

Educators and other professionals working with children are often on the frontlines of child trauma, which manifests itself in many ways in the classroom. Through this engaging presentation using real-life examples of how teachers can help, participants will be able to: 1) Name three types of trauma, 2) Identify three ways traumatic stress shows up in children’s behavior, 3) Describe three kinds of developmental impairments children may suffer with as a result of trauma

TraumaTALK: Trauma in the Classroom Part II
Proven Strategies to Help Children Heal

Trauma’s wounds are not visible to the human eye, and left untreated, they can have chronic health issues which last a lifetime. Teachers have the unique opportunity to recognize trauma’s effects in the classroom and help children on a path to healing. Through this presentation, which involves small group interactions, participants will be able to: 1) Name three arousal zones for which to measure regulated and dysregulated emotional states, 2) Identify three strategies to help children promote an inner sense of safety, 3) Describe three ways to apply these strategies in a classroom setting

TraumaTALK: An Introspective Look at Trauma and the Need for Self-Care (practical problem-solving activities)

Many of us may not recognize the trauma that is wired in our own body and brain until it is triggered. If we are to help children heal, we must also examine trauma’s effects within ourselves. With practical problem-solving activities, this presentation will help participants 1) Name three ways that personal or secondary trauma may be preventing them from being fully available for others, 2) Identify three ways to recognize their need for self-care, and 3) Describe three strategies for self-care

What sets Chester Street Foundation apart from other organizations educating on trauma?

“Mr. Nemeth is uniquely qualified to share the personal perspective of what it is to live with trauma and to work through trauma.”

— Megan Mooney, PhD, Licensed Psychologist and President of the Texas Psychological Association

“Mr. Nemeth can effectively communicate his story in a professional manner that is well-received by a wide variety of audiences.”

— Ginger Gates, PhD, (Retired) Director of Special Education at Region 4 Education Service Center

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