Sonoma County Office of Education

Serving Students with Trauma: A Workshop for Classified Staff Who Work with Students

Two years after the Tubbs fire, many students are still affected by that disaster. Trauma can impact student behavior, health, and academic performance in a variety of ways. This interactive workshop is designed specifically for classified staff who work directly with students, who are often the first ones to see signs of a child's distress. Presented by a local expert in childhood trauma, Wendy Wheelwright, this event will highlight:

  • The science behind childhood trauma and how it affects children's brains and health
  • The different ways a natural disaster can impact students based on their life circumstances
  • Signs and symptoms of trauma
  • Effective ways to work with and help students suffering from trauma

Recognizing the value of each employees' time, SCOE will provide a $50 gift card to each registered attendee who signs in and out of the event. These gift cards are provided thanks to a fire recovery grant from The Medtronic Foundation and a generous donation from Redwood Credit Union.


The class will take place at the Teacher Learning Center, 5340 Skylane Boulevard, Santa Rosa

When October 8, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location Teacher Learning Center (Sonoma County Office of Education)
Presenter Wendy Wheelwright has been a skilled clinician within Community Mental Health for the past 20 years. She is currently the Project Manager for HOPE Sonoma, a program to support the emotional recovery of disaster survivors. Additionally, she serves as the Quality Improvement Manager for Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division, overseeing system-level policy and process improvements. Previously, she served as the Workforce Education and Training Coordinator, facilitating staff development, credentialing, and clinical fidelity of specialty programs. She maintains a small private practice in Santa Rosa, specializing in Trauma-Based Disorders.
Cost Free

Classified staff who interact with children, including but not limited to:
-bus drivers
-campus supervisors
-classroom aids
-family engagement liaisons
-food services staff
-front office staff
-school nurses
-school resource officers
-student advisors
-teaching assistants

Registration closes 10/04/2019
Registration Jamie Hansen, (707) 524-2620,
Questions Jamie Hansen, (707) 524-2620,

Online Registration is not available.