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Student Health provides ongoing support for school nurses and other professionals working to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of P-12 school-aged students.

Network participants include school nurses, school administrators, school counselors, health and physical education teachers, school psychologists, primary care providers, primary care staff, healthcare administrators, and state agency staff.

UW ECHO in Student Health is a collaboration with Rutgers School Health Leadership Program and the UW School of Nursing.


Sessions

Sessions are on Wednesdays, bi-weekly,
3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

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ACEs-Focused Fall ECHO Sessions

For our fall series for ECHO in Student Health, the focus will be on Adverse Childhood Effects, or ACEs. The first five sessions will be lead by Wendy Gauntner, State Master Trainer for N.E.A.R. and Protective Factors for Families.

Wendy Gauntner, Gillette, WY., is an adoptive mother, educator, and community advocate. She holds a B.A. in Education and an M.S. in Adult Learning and Technology. Wendy is a trained community educator for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Protective Factors for Families and Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACES and Resilience (N.E.A.R.) Wendy is a past National Teacher Policy Institute fellow, and currently offers training for ACE Interface throughout the state of Wyoming. Wendy volunteers for hospice, serves as chair of a No One Dies Alone program, and serves on three community boards focused on low income health, homelessness, and the arts. She was recently named one of Ten Who Made a Difference in 2020. Wendy is passionate about marginalized populations having a voice at local, state and național levels.Wendy is currently working toward a Masters of Social Work degree through Arizona State University and in her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, outdoor activities, most sports and playing the piano. She lives with her husband and rescue dog. 

September 22: ACEs, Autonomic Nervous System and Regulation

Presenter: Wendy Gauntner, BA, MS, State Master Trainer, N.E.A.R. and Protective Factors for Families

The first three sessions focus on the Neurological and physiological impacts of trauma. This session will introduce the topic of ACEs and provide the foundations of understanding the Autonomic Nervous system and the impacts of maltreatment on the brain.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Identify brain impact of early trauma on regulation system

  • Create connections between student regulation behaviors and nurse visits

Session Skills and Strategies:

  • Identify one person to share the information about trauma informed care/ACEs

  • Identify language that could be more inclusive, respectful, or trauma informed

 

October 6: Bullseye: Mental Health and Bullying

Presenter: Wendy Gauntner, BA, MS, State Master Trainer, N.E.A.R. and Protective Factors for Families

The second of the three sessions focused on the Neurological and physiological impacts of trauma provide tools around dysregulation, and implementing trauma-informed care.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the different brain regions and how they may be affected by early trauma

  • Articulate regulation strategies within participant's own field of work

Session Skills and Strategies:

  • Use the zone or target system to identify when it is time to engage or not engage with a person

  • Use or create a calm down kit

 

October 20: Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Relational Health

Presenter: Wendy Gauntner, BA, MS, State Master Trainer, N.E.A.R. and Protective Factors for Families

The last of the three sessions focused on the Neurological and physiological impacts of trauma orient the participants to how ACEs affect relationships within youth.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the ways in which brain regions are impacted by trauma

  • Develop a clear understanding of how to create trauma-sensitive learning within a participant's field of work

*October 20 Session Registration*

November 3: ACEs Prevention and Data

Presenter: Wendy Gauntner, BA, MS, State Master Trainer, N.E.A.R. and Protective Factors for Families

The second portion of the ACEs Series provides tools for using local data to inform prevention strategies.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Understand ACE data related to health outcomes

  • Reflect on how ACE data can reflect interventions and prevention models

*November 3 Session Registration*

November 17: Creating Resilience: Capabilities, Attachment, and Belonging

Presenter: Wendy Gauntner, BA, MS, State Master Trainer, N.E.A.R. and Protective Factors for Families

The third portion of the ACEs Series focuses on implementing measures to increase resilience in your students. This session focuses on identifying students' strengths and identifying ways to increase belongingness with peers in school.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Use strengths-based and empowerment theories to improve work/school culture

  • Create ways within participant's field of work to leverage student strengths and belonging

*November 17 Session Registration*

December 1: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Cultural Processes

Presenter: TBD

The third portion of the ACEs Series focuses on implementing measures to increase resilience in your students. We wrap up with looking at cultural processes within the school system to help increase resilience in your students.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Identify cultural processes that encourage belonging of all students within participant's work place

  • Create processes within participant's scope of work to increase attachment and belonging

*December 1 Session Registration*

December 15: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Cultural Processes (Continued)

Presenter: TBD

The third portion of the ACEs Series focuses on implementing measures to increase resilience in your students. We complete the series with a continuation of how cultural processes within the school system help increase resilience in your students.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and clearly articulate how to create a culture of resilience

  • Develop ways to create a culture of resilience in participant's field of work

*December 15 Session Registration*

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