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.

Here’s how Chester Street Foundation is ready to help!

TraumaTALKS are high-quality trauma-informed-training and professional development presentations, featuring Chester Street Foundation’s Founding Director 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. Professional Development Certificates are available.

TraumaTALK: Trauma in the Classroom

This two-part, three-hour evidence-based presentation provides an effective trauma-informed training and professional development resource for educators K-12, school administrators (meets State requirement for schools), mental health professionals, foster parents, caregivers, and staff with child-oriented agencies. TraumaTALK: Trauma in the Classroom is available live and virtual.

This Professional Development Activity is approved by Texas Psychological Association (TPA): Three hours of Professional Development credits for psychologists, licensed specialists in school psychology, licensed psychology associates, social workers, and counselors.

Part 1: What Professionals 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.  The COVID-19 pandemic and long periods of social isoloation may have had traumatic effects on many children, which could present challenges in the 2021-2022 school year.  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 as a result of trauma

Part 2: Proven Strategies to Help Children Heal

Trauma’s wounds may not visible to the human eye and, left untreated, can have chronic health issues which last a lifetime. Teachers and other professionals working with children 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 avenues for recovery for trauma survivors
  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

Pricing and More Info

Three-hour training is given by Chester Street Foundation’s Founding Director & CEO, Shawn Alex Nemeth (a trauma survivor), and has been vetted by licensed mental health professionals..  Materials provided include a professionally created quick- reference guide to help participants work more effectively with traumatized children in addition to a full color outline, survey, and Professional Development Certificate.

Suggested Presentation Format:

  • Part One: 1-Hour Talk
  • Break: 10 minutes
  • Part Two: 2-Hour Talk and exercises, including small groups activity
  • Q & A: Remaining time

Available Pricing:

  • $1500 (up to 50 participants)
  • $2,000 (51 and up, negotiable according to budgets)

To bring TraumaTALK: Trauma in the Classroom to your school or organization, complete the online inquiry form and a Chester Street Foundation team member will contact you within two business days. For questions, contact catherine@chesterstreetfoundation.org.

TraumaTALK: The Invisible Wounds of Childhood Trauma, A Personal and Professional Perspective

This one-hour 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

Renting the On Demand video is easy and involves these five steps.

  1. Complete online inquiry form to request On Demand video.
  2. Receive contact 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. After watching the video and completing the survey, click on link to download your Professional Development Certificate.
  5. Mail in payment via check.

This Professional Development Activity is approved by Texas Psychological Association (TPA): One hour of Professional Development credits for psychologists, licensed specialists in school psychology, licensed psychology associates, social workers, and counselors.

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 catherine@chesterstreetfoundation.org

Video On Demand Terms & Conditions.

Ways to Watch

Individually as a Group

Viewing packages for schools and other organizations are available with a 15% discount offered at increasing participant levels (7 days to view).

  • $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

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.

Single Viewer

This presentation provides an overview of childhood trauma against the backdrop of Shawn’s inspirational story OnDemand! Click here to rent.

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What people are saying about our TraumaTALKS!

“As a child welfare professional for the last 25 years, I have seen my share of children adversely impacted by abuse and neglect and trauma and have a keen awareness of its long-term effects, especially when it goes untreated. It is an honor to be affiliated with an organization like Chester Street Foundation that is committed to breaking the cycle of untreated childhood trauma, paving the way for healing and hope for a brighter future for these children.”

— DeJuana Jernigan, MSW, LCCA, LCPAA, President and CEO, Arms Wide Adoption Services / President, Texas Foster Care 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

“There’s something about TraumaTALKS that is different from how we usually receive professional development. As a mental health expert, Mr. Nemeth’s trauma story made an impact on me – and therefore I know it will make an impact on educators, parents, school administrators, and any professionals working with children.”

— Kristie Moore PysD, Coordinator of Emotional Wellness Region 4 Education Service Center

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