Workshops I Offer For Educators and Non Profits:
Trauma Prevention and Resolution for Schools:Body Mind Tools to Restore Balance
Trauma Resolution for Schools explores how trauma is imprinted on the body, brain, and spirit, and how trauma affects the physical, emotional, social, and academic performance of young people. Workshop topics include:
- Interpreting student’s behavior: what fight, flight and freeze responses look like in the classroom
- Understanding how trauma impacts the brain, learning and behavior
- Helping students to settle: what teachers can do to regulate their own physical and emotional responses
- Providing Mind-Body resources to help build resilience, to improve social skills and to teach self-regulation in the classroom
- Learning about Psychological First Aid for young people who have experienced trauma
Self-Care for Educators: Mindfulness and Positive Psychology for Well-Being and Success
As educators and service providers, we spend a lot of time—in and out of work– thinking and worrying about our students, planning what to do in our classes and programs, or thinking about how the education system could be changed to better serve ourselves and youth. We may carry personal and familial challenges into work and work into our home lives.
These thoughts can become a source of stress and worry that takes a toll on our body, mind and spiritual life. We are often left feeling depleted, unfulfilled exhausted, anxious and burnt out. Unfortunately, many of us begin to cope with stress in unhealthy ways.
In this workshop you will:
- Learn practices to regulate your nervous system and develop healthy coping skills to manage stress
- Understand the relationship between your well-being and the effectiveness of your work with youth and families
- Learn mindfulness practices to manage stress and deepen your relationships
- Discover the benefits of Positive Psychology–the study of happiness– exercises to promote self-awareness, resiliency and productivity.
The practices will shift your attention away from seemingly hopeless states of body and mind into a productive, joyful, peaceful way of being in the world.
Journey to Wholeness: Helping Girls Heal from Trauma and Self-Objectification
Girls experience physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at disproportionate rates.
The media presents female bodies in unrealistic ways that in effect leads girls to believe that those bodies are the norm as they strive to achieve an unattainable standard of “perfection.”. These unrealistic images and the socialization/sexualization of girls causes low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, poor relationship skills and self-care, substance abuse, and eating disorders. They begin to self-objectify and learn their value comes from their body and appeal, leaving out their thoughts, feelings and characteristics as a human being. This mind-body disconnect puts them at-risk for many forms of abuse.
Repeated exposure to trauma can increase the chance of violation and developing an issue with substance abuse in an effort to drown the feelings associated with the event. Teens often feel shame, guilt, sense of unsafety and a loss of control. Without help and support, they may act out in reaction to their trauma versus making healthy decisions that honor themselves.
Parents and service providers play a crucial role in changing girls’ trajectory of poor self-esteem, body image and violation. As each girl reclaims her body, voice and sexuality, she takes part in ending the pervasive cycle of violence within her mind and heart and ultimately in the world.
Learn how to support girls on this Journey to Wholeness. Through discussion, short videos and experiential exercises, participants will learn the following:
- The impact of trauma on the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual functioning of our girls
- The impact of the media on girls body image and the detrimental effects of “self-objectification”
- Trauma resolution practices
- Stress management and self-esteem boosting practices/ tools to implement with teen girls
- The power of mindfulness in the resolution of trauma and toxic shame
- How self-care as educators plays a crucial role in the resolution of chronic stress and trauma in our youth
*Lara is also available to facilitate workshops for girls and teens.
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What Educators Are Saying About Lara Eisenberg:
Lara Eisenberg created a masterful learning experience to reverse the impact of the stresses of school staff and their students who suffer from the stains of behavioral and learning difficulties, trauma and pressures of modern life. From a heartfelt place of yearning to help in the schools and mental health organizations, she was my student in the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute program and, later, assisted in launching a pilot program with me for school staff in Austin, Texas as part of a “Communities in Schools” grant to alleviate trauma symptoms.
Lara, not only is talented therapist and presenter, she shines a bright light with her radiant presence that delights her audience. Every school district staff and mental health professional should be lucky enough to train with her. And, the girls and women she empowers through individual and group sessions will find their inner beauty and gifts.
Maggie Kline, MS, LMFT, SEP -International Somatic Experiencing Faculty -Retired LBUSD School Psychologist -Author of “Trauma through a Child’s Eyes” & “Trauma-Proofing Your Kid”
Teachers, social workers, school psychologists and special education teaching assistants attended Lara’s trauma proofing your school workshop on a voluntary basis after the school day. Ms. Eisenberg gave a lively presentation with very useful information about student behaviors and how to manage them. She expertly explained the fight-flight-freeze responses, brain research (in a very understandable way), and means of not only settling student’s physical and emotional responses to stress but also our own. Several people who attended the workshop approached me later to say that the experience was enriching and applicable to their work.
I recommend Ms. Eisenberg’s workshop without hesitation.
Carol Napier – School Psychologist, Clarkstown NY