2021/2022 Foundational Training: Understanding Stress and Trauma

Offered by Laura McArthur, PhD, Resilient Futures

SPECIAL NOTE: This training is closed and no longer available for enrollment.

Through community wrap-around supports, we can collectively reduce rates of school suspensions, expulsion, and referrals to law enforcement for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)! Part 1 of this training series, in partnership with Resilient Futures, is intended to help educators, administrators, and school employees within North Aurora Public Schools in having a better understanding of stress and trauma.

Part 1 - Foundational Training: Understanding Stress and Trauma

45-minute course offered via Laura McArthur, PhD with Resilient Futures as your presenter. You will leave part 1 with a basic understanding of:

  • Trauma-informed school communities;
  • Core guiding principles;
  • Shifting our perspective;
  • What is stress and toxic stress;
  • What is trauma, complex trauma, and where does it stem from;
  • Trauma and the brain;
  • Childhood development and survival brain; and
  • How positive early experience strengthens systems.

What to expect

  • A 45-minute, self-paced, video slide-based presentation;
  • Laura McArthur, PhD with Resilient Futures, as your presenter;
  • Digital Certificate of Completion;
  • Closed captioning in English; and
  • Spanish Subtitles

Who should take this course?

  • Educators, administrators, Paraprofessionals, and other school personnel who work specifically at a North Aurora school within Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Colorado.
  • NOTE: Please do not enroll in this course unless we have specifically outreached you. This content is specific to the intended audience of North Aurora educators within Aurora Public Schools in Colorado.

Do not distribute or reproduce without the permission of Resilient Futures. Adapted from presentations by the UCSF HEARTS program (Dr. Joyce Dorado) and the AuMHC HEARTS program.

This work is made possible through support from the Denver Foundation Transforming Safety Grant. A program of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.


Due to the varying requirements of different organizations and disciplines, THINK+change does not seek prior accreditation of educational courses for CLE/CEUs. Please consult the rules of your organization regarding the procedures for receiving continuing education credits. Each course may qualify for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes of CLE/CEU. You will also receive a digital certificate verifying your completion of the course to submit. If you require further verification or have other questions, please contact us.

Your Instructor

THINK+change Team
THINK+change Team

THINK+change offers solutions-focused training and education that change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). THINK+change is a training and education program of The Arc of Aurora which was incorporated in 1975 as an advocacy organization for people with IDD. Since the inception of THINK+change in 2017, the education program has been a trailblazer in disability education and has trained and brought together thousands of people with IDD, their families, and the professionals in their lives who want to keep up with trends and developments in the disability field and grow professionally. All people with disabilities deserve respect and deserve better.

Course Curriculum

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  School Communities and being Trauma informed
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  Core Guiding Principle
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This course is closed for enrollment.