Many approaches to “behavioral challenges” focus heavily on “eliminating a behavior” rather than understanding the purpose of an action. Trauma can impact our brains and nervous system’s ability to differentiate between safe and unsafe situations, which can result in some emotions and actions that may seem baffling, but are often the body trying to keep someone safe. When caregivers are able to respond in regulated, empathic ways we are more likely to see trauma victims heal, connect, and regulate. In this training, caregivers will learn about the neuroscience of the impact of trauma, concrete strategies for connection and co-regulation, and how to move away from “behavioral support plans” toward a more trauma-informed model of support.
Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to the start of the training will be charged the full registration fee.
About the Presenter:
Ellen Merker, M.S. LPC, founding director of Heart Consulting LLC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma therapy for kids, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities. She received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison, and has been working with neurodivergent kids, teens, and adults in various roles for 15 years. Ellen uses neurodivergent affirmative, sex-positive, and trauma-informed approaches in all work. In addition to trauma therapy, Heart Consulting also works to reduce gendered violence against people with developmental disabilities through education and training. Ellen also has extensive speaking experience, and has presented at conferences including Wisconsin Human Trafficking Conference, WI Planned Parenthood, National Project Search Conference, Wisconsin Reproductive Health
Conference, and the Circles
of Life Conference.