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Dr. Tim Murphy

11th National School Response Conference Topic
February 19, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Psychological Stress and Trauma

by Tim Murphy

This three-hour presentation provides an in depth understanding of how psychological stress and trauma can negatively affect children and adults. The greatest risk for schools is not mass violence, rather it is for suicide, and assault. In assessing threats to school safety, a common factor is the aggressor had several life stressors indicative of increased risk. Students, families and educators increasingly report high stress levels and depression which if unchecked can become overwhelming.

 If handled properly, these symptoms can be dealt with early on. This session will describe how traumatic events and prolonged stress can negatively impact the developing brain and cause substantial harm. Biographical examples from literature and history are used to illustrate practical understanding and applied interventions to build resilience, resistance and recovery when facing trauma and stress. Special emphasis will be on a five-step approach to F.A.S.T.E.R. Recovery used to support psychological strength and restore psychological health.

Attendees will also learn how stress and anxiety can be overcome in everyday life though applied practice and any age level. Particular emphasis will be on understanding how stress and depression contribute to anger, and interventions to ameliorate that anger effectively. The attendee will attendee will will learn about brain structure and biological response to stress, several dichotomies of thought directly impacting psychological health, and the "F.A.S.T.E.R. Resilience and Recovery" approach when facing stress or trauma.  Helpful strategies that can be used in the classroom and home will also be discussed.