Transitioning Back to School After A Trauma

Date Aired: Monday, September 27, 2021 | 5:00pm to 6:00pm (PST)

Presenter: Sheila Modir, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, CHOC Project HEALTH

Presenter Bio: Dr. Sheila Modir is a pediatric psychologist at CHOC Children’s Project HEALTH clinic and at CHOC in Mission Hospital. She obtained a combined doctoral degree in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her master’s degree in social welfare at UCLA. Prior to coming to CHOC, Dr. Modir completed her doctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior where she worked at the UCLA Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Clinic. Dr. Modir recently co-authored a children’s book called The Proudest Color, and continues to present at conferences and publish articles on the topic of trauma, resilience, and racial justice.

Presentation Description: A CHOC Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert will focus on teaching parents and school staff signs and symptoms of trauma that their child/student may be experiencing in the context of current traumatic events, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentation will discuss ways parents and school staff can use trauma-informed strategies and emotional resilience-building skills to assist in managing their child/student’s trauma responses. The presentation will conclude with ways parents and school staff can practice self-care in the context of taking care of their children/students and can manage compassion fatigue.