Clarion County Early Care and Education Professional Development Event

The 10th Annual Clarion County Early Care & Education Professional Development Event is formatted to allow for in-depth discussion of some of the most important and timely topics affecting today’s early care and education professionals.
Clarion County Early Care and Education Professional Development Event - Workshops
Language: English

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When: Sat., Apr. 7, 2018
(9:00 AM - 4:15 PM)

Where: Clarion University Campus
840 Wood St. - Stevens Hall
Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214

registration deadline: March 31, 2018
11:59 p.m.

Learning and behavior will be explored. Participants will shift from wondering what is wrong with a child and instead begin to question what might have happened to a child. Strategies for effective behavior management as well as creating environments of safety and caring will be shared. Participants will leave with fresh ideas and perspectives on working with children whose life experiences have included trauma and toxic stress.


  • Participants will define trauma in early childhood.
  • Participants will list 2-3 effects of trauma on early child development.
  • Participants will list 2-3 characteristics of a young traumatized child.
  • Participants will list 2-3 strategies to use to manage a young traumatized child in the classroom.

Professional Development Hours
PA Registry ID number is mandatory for registration to receive credit for training hours. ACT 48 hours will be available for a small fee through the Northwest Key.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Breakout Session 1

09:00 am The Impact of Trauma on Early Childhood Development Trauma-informed care means that caregivers understand how trauma changes the brain and affects relationships and behavior. Informed adults recognize the signs and how to create adaptive environments. Participants will be able to identify different types of trauma. They will gain a clearer understanding of the external and internal influences of trauma on behaviors that may be presented. Participants will also become more self-aware of how their approach may influence trauma reactions in children.

09:00 am Who is Caring for You? Importance of Maintaining Caregiver Health Being a childcare provider can be physically and emotionally draining. Childcare providers can be exposed to infectious diseases, toxic chemicals, lifting and carrying children, and injuries from trips and falls. Learn how to make your healthcare top priority to make sure you are eating well, sleeping soundly, exercising and managing a healthy lifestyle so you can provide the best care possible to the children and families you work with.

09:00 am Early Childhood Trauma: Strategies for Teachers to Manage Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom As teachers of young children, we have all experienced a child in our classrooms that has been through a traumatic experience in their young life. Sometimes we know a child has experienced trauma, and sometimes we learn it over time. Join us today as we focus on identifying red flags in young children that are the result of trauma, how it may manifest itself in an Early Childhood setting, and ways to address any challenging behaviors while supporting the whole child.

09:00 am ACEs - Playing the Hand That’s Dealt to You Professionals may both be impacted personally by ACES, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and work with children who have been impacted by ACEs. The purpose of this session is to help participants develop an understanding, awareness, and sensitivity to the impact of ACEs on children’s lives. Those with disabilities face even greater challenges as they deal with the impact of ACEs, requiring great resilience. Recognizing ACEs can open minds and hearts so acceptance and inclusion are a reality.


11:15 am Working with Families Impacted by Opioid Addiction Join us to explore beneficial concepts and strategies and add to your tool box of techniques when working with families and children impacted by substance abuse. Dr. Lepore will be describe and demonstrate how these strategies can be easily incorporated in your current work. Motivational Techniques will be introduced as a powerful tool that service providers can use to assist families in overcoming the detrimental effects of Opioid abuse. Empowerment Strategies will be described that families can adopt to overcome the effects of Substance Abuse. Resilience Strategies will be discussed that focus on how families can incorporate these strategies and become more adept at providing for the individual needs of the family members.

01:00 pm Cont'd. - Working with Families Impacted by Opioid Addiction

12:15 pm Lunch (Included)

Breakout Session 2

02:15 pm Finding Solace through Bibliotherapy: Using Picture Books to Help Children Heal Join us to explore how teachers can use children’s literature to help children who are dealing with stress and trauma. Characters in picture books and bibliotherapy strategies can guide children to identify, understand, and express those feeling and begin to heal.

02:15 pm Rethinking the ECE Classroom This presentation will help to provide an understanding of how trauma affects children’s development and the importance of the family and outside relationships from a system’s perspective. Positive interventions for the classroom will be presented to help educators build a ‘tool kit’ of strategies.

02:15 pm ABCs of Mindfulness Working with young children takes a great deal of emotional energy. In order to be the best teacher you can be join us to learn the value of practicing mindful presence with children and colleagues. You’ll discover how mindfulness practices can lead to improved well-being, stress relief, and focus, while engaging in several mindful practice activities.

02:15 pm Healthy Interactions: Strategies for Improving Caregiver Stress and Classroom Climate How taking care of the teacher promotes healthy classroom relationships. Background in understanding the relationship between teacher stress and classroom climate. Some strategies to assess your stress signature.


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