Tips for Educators

Coping Cards Featuring The Planet Pals

By: Kim Johancen

Created by a therapist, these cards provide a fun way to implement coping skills into daily learning while also raising awareness to issues related to climate change. Eight different ways to play are described that can be used in classrooms, small groups, or with individuals.

Each card includes an illustration of Earth and his pet Star using coping skills that promote resilience and cover various themes such as Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Relationships, and Distraction Skills. Students will increase their ability to manage stress and build inner strength as they practice coping skills alongside The Planet Pals.

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Book, Traumatized Students: School-Based Interventions for Reahing Under the Surface | by Aaron Wiemeier, Kim Johancen & Craig McCullough | Counselor in Denver, CO

Traumatized Students: School-Based Interventions for Reaching Under the Surface

By: Aaron Wiemeier, Kim Johancen & Craig McCullough

Trauma and people’s exposure to it is becoming an ever-present reality in many work, school and virtual environments. Young people who have experienced trauma are often misunderstood by others and sometimes attempt to cope in unusual and complex ways. This resource can help professional educators to become better equipped with interventions, strategies, recommendations, and critical insights into the world of the traumatized student. The creative and experiential nature of these interventions and strategies is often what helps get below the surface of the trauma to help these students to better cope and bounce back from their difficult experience(s).

44 Counseling Interventions Grouped by 7 Resiliency Factors:

  • Self-Regulation & Distress Tolerance Strategies
  • Containment Strategies
  • Mindfulness Strategies
  • Belonging, Purpose & Self-Advocacy Strategies
  • Willpower, Self-Esteem & Empowerment Strategies
  • Interpersonal Skill Strategies
  • Creativity & Gratitude Strategies

20 “One-Liner” Interventions

Quick-Find intervention Glossary (by behavior)

Quick-Find Intervention Glossary (by feeling)

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Innovative Schools Podcast

Aces connection

Virtual Summit Video.mp4

Teaching Materials

Dr Bruce Perry – Early Brain Development: Reducing the Effects of Trauma

Support Systems for Students Affected by Trauma: Where to Get Help

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Denver, CO. 80218
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