SEL Academy Series – SEL IV Responding to Trauma and Reactivity (OST)

Effectively dealing with trauma and managing the stressors of everyday life are foundational social and emotional skills. In this training, we will explore stressors and the ways humans typically react to both big and mundane life events that may get in the way of our well-being and relationships. Participants are encouraged to increase awareness of their reactions as the first step to intentionally practice self-care, and to track how this impacts their interactions with adults and youth at work. Participants will also learn how to notice and manage reactivity both in and out of the Afternoon Meeting setting using a proactive approach to discipline.


Prerequisites:  Foundations in SEL, Afterschool professionals from a PSELI pilot school, Prime Time Registry ID

Session Materials:  Morning Meeting Book, Afternoon Meeting Training Manual


Core Competencies Addressed:

Core Knowledge Area- Child/Youth Growth and Development
1C: Use Developmental Knowledge to Create Healthy, Respectful, Supportive and Challenging Environments.

Core Knowledge Area- Interaction with Children/Youth
5C: Promote positive expression, group experiences between adults and children/youth.

Core Knowledge Area- Learning Environment and Curriculum
4C: Design and develop curriculum to support social emotional development. Level 2 and 3

Core Knowledge Area- Professional Development and Leadership
7B: Integrate reflective practices and critical perspectives on performance. Level 2 and 3.


Primary QIS Scales Addressed:

Safe Environment: I-A. Psychological and emotional safety.

Supportive Environment:II-F. Welcoming atmosphere.

Interaction: III-M: Sense of belonging, Q. Youth develop positive peer relationships. L. Manage feelings and resolve conflicts.

Family: Positive communication with family


Training Objectives:

  1. Identify signs of personal stress, trauma and reactivity.
  2. Explore tools to increase self-regulation and stress management.
  3. Practice using circle protocol for restorative discussions.
  4. Apply a positive approach to discipline in an Afternoon Meeting and during program time.


Training Outcomes
Participants will:

  1. Notice and name stressors in the moment of reactivity, including physiological / mental/emotional symptoms of stress and reactive behaviors and patterns to stressful events.
  2. Use positive self-talk, mindful breathing or other strategy to self-regulate in moments of reactivity.
  3. Engage youth in sharing difficult emotions or managing challenging interactions following a restorative, proactive and positive approach during Afternoon Meeting or during other program activities.