Training, Curriculum Development and Consulting


  • “Laura really acknowledged the trauma that educators are going through as well, and that many of us may be pouring from an empty cup. Laura’s information is one I know I will be turning to again and again as the need arises. I will be doing more research using the resources Laura provided, so I can incorporate grounding things and the intriguing forest bathing.”

    - Feedback from an OELMA Teaching & Learning workshop

Training Topics

Listed here are some of the developed trainings that I have written.  These topics can be modified to fit your audience and time frame.  All topics can be done as a small group workshop, in person training or on-line. Please reach out for information about availability and pricing.

Baby’s Brain

From before birth into toddlerhood babies’ brains are changing and developing at an amazing rate.  How they change will impact the rest of that individual’s life.  Babies learn by experience and most importantly in relationship to others.  Understanding what is going on inside a baby’s brain, and how our everyday interactions make a difference is important for all caregivers.

Created for caseworkers and foster parents.  Can be modified for helping professionals and caregiving parents.

Ethical Consideration in Working with Youth

Ethics training for Social Workers working with youth.  Ethical concerns shift and change as clients go from being children, youth in transition, legal adults who are dependent on others, to independent adults.    This workshop will focus on ethical decision making and resources to support the social worker in that process.

Created for Licensed Social Workers, focusing on professional ethics using the NASW Code of Ethics as its reference point.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Teens

Parenting a teen who is diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a challenge.  It is also an opportunity to help a teen heal and move toward Post Traumatic Growth.  We will review the diagnosis of PTSD & Complex PTSD and consider how the usual symptoms impact day to day life.   We will consider ways parents can address these as well as take care of themselves.

Created for foster parents. Can be modified for helping professionals and caregiving parents.

Preparing for Crisis Conversations

Are you ready for one of THOSE conversations?  Suicidal ideation, cutting, self-harm in so many forms.  No matter how long you have worked with others, these conversations can take the wind out of your sails.  Plan in advance so you have the internal and external resources to be a support to others without being swamped yourself.

Created for caseworkers, supervisors, and caregiving parents. Modifiable for helping professionals.

Resilience: Learn Model Teach

Resilient behavior is  a common occurrence, and an area needing continual growth.  Being resilient allows us to make a difference without being consumed by negativity.   Modeling resilience is a powerful message to our colleagues, families and children.  Teaching resilience spreads health and well-being throughout our circles of influence.  How can we use our brains and bodies to learn, model and teach?

Created for caseworkers, supervisors, and caregiving parents. Modifiable for helping professionals.

Self Harm In Children and Teens

Understanding self-harm to include NSSI (Non-Suicidal Self Injury), eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia), and suicidal ideation allows us to intervene more effectively.  We will review the characteristics, and behavioral indicators of these behaviors along with their accompanying predictors and diagnosis.  Current research on best practice for treating these behaviors will be reviewed.

Created for caseworkers. Modifiable for helping professionals and caregiving parents.

Courses can be modified by time: 

One hour webinar or presentation: Focus on key areas of knowledge on the topic and share resources for further information.   

Two to three hour training: Cover topic with more depth, allow for increased participation and interaction allowing for more specific application to the needs of the audience. 

Six hour or multiple day training: Cover topic in depth with time for specific questions, small group interaction, application to specific concerns, and practice sessions. 

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