401 - Version 2I would be honored to consult with your organization to more effectively meet the needs of those you serve. One focus of the consulting I do looks at the role that trauma may play when challenging behaviors are present in the classroom. The following are a few of the ways I approach consultation:

  • Observation
  • Follow up sessions with the appropriate persons (with written documentation)
  • Presenting effective strategies based upon observation. These can be strategies that benefit the entire classroom population as well as strategies for specific individuals.
  • Coming into the classroom and teaching strategies which benefits the teacher and students at the same time.

When consulting, I come from the belief that we must see the classroom as a place of constant interaction between the Practitioner (those providing service or care), the Child (or person being served), and the Environment (where the Practitioner and Child come from).  These three factors are present and overlap in many ways and in the middle is where all of these interactions mix. The Practitioner brings a mix of their environment into the middle as well as their belief about the Child.  The Child also brings into the middle a mix of their environment as well as their belief about the Practitioner.  Because the Practitioner is the leader in the classroom, we give them the responsibility of directing the interactions of the  ‘middle.’  Thus the Practitioner has the powerful opportunity to nurture relationships which lead to resilience building for all or they can hinder relationship building resulting in mistrust and conflict between the Practitioner and Child.

This model  is below and is the foundation from which I approach all consulting experiences.

                               Relational Model
“who we are, how we interact and how we respond”