I am working intensely with a small group of staff discussing trauma sensitive schools, and we have delved into the brain, the classroom, mindfulness, movement and yoga and strength based interventions. Your workshop really launched my interest in this area of trauma and the interventions that really impact the brain and the body. You are such a wealth of information on neuro-biology - mostly you provided a practical guide to working with students and engaging them when they are checked out or hyper-aroused. I love the way you were able to break down the symptomatology and have referred to the four C's as a way foster connection and competence in the classroom. I find it sequential as we teach educators the importance of building community in the classroom, a sense of competence, to a sense of esteem and then individual tools to use as they grow. The teachers are really responding to relationship building and incorporating mindfulness and yoga. It has been helpful to go into the classrooms and do a broad lessons on yoga with the kids, based on a theme. It’s been a wonderful adventure and I want to thank you for the inspiration. I keep your Mindful Statements posted next to my desk to keep me on track!
Cindy Schmidt, School Social Worker, AZ
Victoria Grinman's seminar on Trauma-Informed Yoga and Mindfulness Strategies for Children: Effective Interventions for Traumatic Stress & Anxiety was an incredibly informative and highly interactive experience that provided me with an array of skills to use on my own students. As a counselor at a nonprofit, after school youth development program that combines athletics with academic and social/emotional support, I am constantly looking for new ways to help my students cope, while also staying true to the mission and vision of the organization. Through this seminar, Victoria taught me numerous ways to incorporate yoga and mindfulness techniques into my daily counseling regimen. I am very grateful for this seminar and would recommend it to anyone that works with children.
Emily Rosen, High School Academic & Wellness Counselor
Participating in the seminar was a special experience. Victoria created a learning environment that exemplified the information she was sharing. We were guided through lessons about the mechanics of the brain, the influences trauma has on the brain and the power to transform through yoga and mindfulness. She raised our awareness of triggers for trauma victims and demonstrated alternative exercises to assist clients. I enjoyed her style, Warm, engaging with a deep knowledge that she generously shared. My personal awareness grew from the training and walked away with useful tools to use in my work.
-Rose S., Covenant House Charity (NY)
I am so grateful I attended. The information you provided was extremely valuable to me. I know why I was led to attend your conference, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your work, your research, wisdom, guidance and for traveling all the way to MO to teach me. Thank you for making this work your life's study and mission.
-Physician, M.D. (MO)
So much helpful information - first the 'why' and then the 'how' of yoga for use with children!
-Jenny L., OT (Tucson, AZ)
Thank you again for a wonderful workshop. I have tried several of the techniques learned and really am finding them helpful. Thank you so much for your expertise and the interesting way you presented the information with ways to easily and quickly incorporate it in my practice.
-Jennifer K. (AZ)
Your presentation was very valuable and well presented. I found myself thinking about ways that I can use this information in the schools, my own private practice, and with my own children.
-Dr. Sharise M. Wilson (NY)