Child Abuse & Trauma-informed Classrooms

Last week, we spent the day with elementary, middle, and high school teachers from Upper Merion School District during their faculty in-service day.

Mission Kids’ Prevention Education & Outreach Manager, Michelle McDyre, and Creative Health Services’ Clinical Liaison, Kala Fell, offered a collaborative workshop about the effects of child abuse and trauma on children and their academic achievement.

We were thrilled with the discussions we had about creating trauma-informed schools so that ALL children can succeed.


See what teachers had to say about the workshop (in their own words)!


Learn more about this collaborative workshop:

Mission Kids has partnered with Creative Health Services to provide educators and school personnel with a Collaborative Workshop that explores the effects of child abuse and trauma on children and the impact on their behavior in the classroom and their overall academic performance.

Learn from Creative Health’s Kala Fell, LMFT, who is the on-site Trauma Therapist and Clinical Liaison to Mission Kids, along with Michelle McDyre, Prevention Education & Outreach Manager at Mission Kids. This workshop is perfect for in-service days or professional development days for school employees. This workshop is dynamic and can be tailored to the needs, interests, and time constraints of the audience.

Workshop Learning Objectives include:

  • Participants will learn about the dynamics of child abuse and the signs, symptoms, and short-term and long-term effects of trauma, which will help them tailor instruction to address the needs of individual students who have experienced child abuse or other trauma.
  • Participants will learn how to foster a “wellness culture” for students who may have experienced trauma and feel more empowered to use a trauma-informed approach.
  • Child abuse and trauma have significant effects on individuals, society, and the economy. By understanding the dynamics and effects of child abuse and trauma, participants will be better able to integrate health services and programs more deeply into the day-to-day life students in order to improve learning and raise academic achievement.


Contact us!

For more information, or to schedule your workshop, please contact Michelle McDyre:

Email: mmcdyre@missionkidscac.org

Phone: 484-687-2990 ext. 1016


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Michelle McDyre

20 Feb 2020

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