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Shelter From The Storm: Recognizing, Understanding and Defining Trauma

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Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center

4859 S. Wabash Avenue

Chicago, IL 60615

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The impact of childhood trauma and chronic stress is one of the most pressing issues facing educators today. Many of the students we work with have previously experienced, or are currently experiencing, trauma and stress from individual or family-based experiences and/or systemic issues such as poverty and violence in their neighborhoods. Educators must consider whether the arts space is welcoming for all students and best strategies for building trust and rapport amongst students and staff.

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  • Define childhood trauma and chronic stress

  • Understand the different ways the experience of traumatic and/or stressful events plays out in the classroom

  • Learn how to recognize when a student is dealing with trauma and/or stress

  • Recognize how racism is a form of trauma

Light food will be provided.




  • Reginald Harris, LISW, CTP

    Reginald Harris, LISW, CTP



Reginald Harris, LISW, CTP is a social worker, therapist, and arts educator. A former professional ballet dancer with ten years of professional performing experience, he danced with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Ballet Austin, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Dances Patrelle. In 2009, Reginald was one of a small group of arts educators to open The Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts) - Chicago’s first and only public performing arts high school. In 2011, Reginald became dance department chair at Chiarts and worked to build a comprehensive and intensive dance curriculum. Currently, Reginald is the Community Life Senior Manager for The Community Builders, a nonprofit real estate development company. He is on faculty at Cincinnati Ballet Academy, is a precinct executive for the Hamilton County Democratic Party, and a vice chair for the Cincinnati Democratic Committee. He sits on the board of directors for Caracole (Cincinnati, OH), and was named C(4) board chair Equality Ohio (Columbus, OH). Additionally, Reginald is a member of policy committee for the Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County and was appointed chair of the Human Services Chamber transportation subcommittee. As a certified trauma practitioner (CTP) - Reginald has developed an arts-focused training that addresses trauma and the ways in which it impacts students’ cognitive and emotional development and academic achievement, and works closely with arts education organizations on becoming trauma-informed. Reginald holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership from Roosevelt University and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. Reginald has dedicated his life to service, social and economic justice, and arts education through activism, community engagement, and advocacy.
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