Manitoba School Counsellors’ Association 

Mindfulness in Education or Trauma Informed Classrooms

Maples Collegiate
October 25, 2019


8:00-9:00 am – Registration

9:00 – Sessions Start

10:15-10:30 – Coffee Break

12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch (vegetarian option available)

3:15 – Session Ends

All day Session 1- 80 people FULL

All day Session 2: 400 people

NOTE: You can only sign up for one of the two sessions offered.


Trauma Informed Classrooms FULL

Megan Land McCarthy and Sara Tarrant

A full day workshop that assists school personnel in becoming trauma informed. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Overview and prevalence of trauma
  • Understanding the connection between attachment and trauma
  • How trauma impacts the brain
  • Understanding student behaviour through the trauma lens
  • Understanding what trauma looks like in the school setting
  • Understanding how trauma impacts student learning
  • Practical strategies for supporting children and youth with trauma in the school setting

The workshops will include a combination of lecture, video and experiential modes of delivery. Participant self-care will be emphasized given the intensity of the topic. The content of the workshop will draw from the presenters’ combined experience, training and education, including the current research in the field of trauma. This workshop is for all school personnel, including teachers, administrators, educational assistants, school counsellors and school clinicians.

Sara Tarrant, B.Ed., M.A., C.P.T., C.C.C.
Sara has sixteen years experience working in schools, and a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and a Certified Child and Play Therapist. She currently has a private practice where she specializes in treating children with anxiety, depression, trauma and attachment issues.

Megan Land McCarthy, B.Sc. OT, Registered OT (MB), SEP
Megan has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for the last 11 years, specializing in pediatrics. She obtained her B.Sc. OT, from Dalhousie University and a postgraduate certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism from University of Massachusetts. She is currently completing her Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her work with her clients has allowed her to explore pediatric OT in both mental and physical health capacities and in a variety of environments.


Mindfulness in Education

Shelley Murphy

Mindfulness has been shown to strengthen resilience to stress, executive functioning, self-regulation, empathy and perspective taking, academic performance and mental health. This interactive workshop is designed for participants interested in learning about school-based mindfulness approaches for cultivating habits of mind that are central to learning, social, emotional and cognitive development, and overall well-being. Through didactic and experiential learning as well as individual, paired and group exercises, we will explore:

  • the foundations of secular mindfulness practice;
  • current research in the fields of mindfulness, neuroscience and social-emotional learning;
  • trauma-sensitive considerations for teaching and leading mindfulness
  • practical applications for introducing, teaching and leading age-appropriate mindfulness-based activities in various school settings;
  • embodied practices as an experiential way of examining mindfulness as a
  • practice for helping students thrive and for engaging in education practitioner self-care.

Shelley Murphy received a PhD from the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where she now teaches in the Master of Teaching Program and Wellbeing Emphasis. She teaches courses in Special Education, Mental Health and Well-being, and Mindfulness in Education. She specializes and has trained in the science of mindfulness and mindfulness approaches for school settings and has been a mindfulness practitioner and educator for 20 years. Shelley’s work as a teacher educator, author, and education consultant is also informed by her former role as a classroom teacher and her research in the field. She has published numerous book chapters and articles; her most recent publication, Fostering Mindfulness, was released in 2019 through Pembroke Publishers.

Registration and Fees

Conference Fee: $90

Membership Fee: $25

Membership + Conference Fee: $90

Student Fee: $90

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