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Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity (LIfTS)
Graduate Certificate Program, North Country Cohort

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In partnership with Lesley University, NCES is coordinating a northern New Hampshire cohort for the LIfTS graduate certificate program for the 2019-2020 school year to be offered in Gorham, NH. Space is limited to 25 participants. Individuals must commit to the full program.

Course 1. The Impact of Trauma on Learning
Anthea Lavergne
November 1, 2 & 3, 2019

This course examines the impact of traumatic experience on student learning (both academic and social / emotional) and provides a structured approach to individual and school wide interventions. The biological, environmental, and sociocultural aspects of traumatic experience will be presented, and participants will analyze the effects of their work with students impacted by trauma on their own well being (secondary trauma).

Course 2. The Impact of Trauma on Learning:
Classroom and Student Supports
Joel Ristucci
November 15, 16 & 17, 2019

Trauma affects self regulation, social skills and a child’s sense of health and well being, along with interfering with more traditional academic skills that require language, memory and executive function. This course will address ways to promote these non-academic and academic competencies for students impacted by trauma, including which competencies can be incorporated into the learning flow (as they benefit all children) and which are best taught with an individual support plan.

Course 3. The Impact of Trauma on Learning:
Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Tara Rossi
January 24, 25 & 26, 2020

This course is designed to expand knowledge of trauma, its impacts, and the process for building trauma sensitive environments through examination of the underlying change theory, processes, and tools needed to establish trauma sensitivity. Participants demonstrate their understanding by either developing a plan for guiding the creation of a trauma-sensitive school or conducting research grounded in trauma-informed inquiry.

Course 4. The Impact of Trauma on Learning:
Action Research and Seminar
Dr. Sal Terrasi
Dates: April 3, 4 & 5, 2020

Students demonstrate their understanding of the attributes of trauma-sensitivity by working together to design and conduct research that assesses the outcomes of efforts to improve trauma-sensitivity in classrooms, schools, or other learning environments.

Cost: The cost of the program (12 credits) hosted by NCES will be $2,600/person for staff from NCES full-member districts ($3,250 for associate members, $3,640 non-members). This includes texts, refreshments (Friday/AMs) and light lunch (Sat/Sun). Format of the sessions will be Friday evenings, 4:00—8:30 PM, Saturday, 8:00—4:00, and Sunday 8:00—2:00 with online participation and assignments to follow.

Please note, you must commit to participating in all 4 courses and payment is due in the entirety upfront. There will be no refunds for missed courses. While you can have a substitute to attend in your place for course 1, 2, or 3, you are only eligible for the graduate certificate if you successfully complete all four course. Courses 1, 2, and 3 must be completed in order to take course #4. If you must make up a course at another location, you would be responsible for travel, accommodations, and other expenses associated with that location (typically Cambridge, MA).

Register: Online at or by calling NCES. Contact Lori Langlois FMI, or 603-466-5437.




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Register by calling 800-268-5437 or 603-466-5437.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions held at:

North Country Education Services
300 Gorham Hill Road
Gorham, NH 03581
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Registration questions may be directed to or by calling 603-466-5437.


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