By definition, an “X-Factor” is an uncertain variable which has the most significant impact on the outcome. When it comes to the academic and life success of children from challenging backgrounds, this X-Factor is often strong, meaningful relationships with non-parental adults. But somehow, the youth who most need caring adults in their lives manage to sabotage every attempt to build these connections! Why do they undermine these relationships and what can adults do to win through their defenses?
Dr. Steve Parese, author and international speaker, will share valuable insights into the nature of children and youth who have experienced ‘trauma and drama’ throughout their lives. Drawing from research on trauma-informed care and from Dr. Parese’s own experiences as a special educator and counselor, this interactive session will provide helpful information and practical strategies for building bridges across chasms of mistrust.