Engaging the Traumatized Student

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what trauma is and what it is not
  • Discover how some clinical styles may add to conflicts with students’ trauma presentation and how to use this information
  • Learn about “Trauma Roadblock” and “Aversive State” and why students seem to sabotage their academic success
  • Gain creative strategies for dealing with specific behaviors


Fact: According to NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network), one out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. He or she may be distracted by intrusive thoughts — distracting them from paying attention, learning and doing well on tests. Exposure to violence can lead to decreased IQ and reading ability. Schools must be informed and prepared to work with students who have experienced trauma.

In this program, author and trauma expert Aaron Wiemeier, LPC provides educators, counselors and school social workers the most important information to increase their effectiveness in working with traumatized students and helping them achieve their highest academic level. Explore what trauma is and is not and how to communicate that to staff. Aaron illustrates “Trauma Roadblock” and “Aversive State” and explains why students seem to sabotage their own academic performance. He also shares creative strategies for dealing with specific behaviors as well as how to use videos and experiential moments to inspire and give hope to traumatized students.

About the Presenter

Aaron J. Wiemeier is a licensed professional counselor with 20 years of experience in the mental health field and is a nationally recognized author, trainer and educator. He is an expert in the neurophysiology of trauma, attachment & adoption and has worked successfully with the most difficult of clients and with the most chaotic and conflictual systems. His pioneering work and program development has led to highly successful outcomes that increase permanency in least restrictive settings and ultimately reduce fiscal spending particularly in the mental health, educational and legal systems. In 2011, Aaron published a workbook titled, My Feelings Workbook, which teaches affect regulation, awareness and skill development on a nonverbal body level to children. The book was subsequently endorsed by well-established professionals in the trauma, attachment and Autism community. Aaron is also the Dean of Students at Littleton Preparatory Charter School in Littleton, CO, where he is pioneering the development of curriculum and programming that integrates education with the ever increasing mental health needs that plague public schools in the United States. Most recently, he co-authored School-Based Interventions for the Traumatized Student, a culmination of a life’s work centered around creative ways to reach, work with and inspire hope in children who have experienced trauma.

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