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Register now for the Trauma Informed Educators Network (TIEN) June Conference!


#DisuptersUnite will unite for the fourth annual Trauma Informed Educators Network (TIEN) Conference on June 22-23, 2023, according to conference founder and planner, Mathew Portell, director of education and communities for PACEs Connection.

“TIENetwork2023 is bringing back the opportunity for our community of education leaders – professionals working to change the education system – to learn and connect virtually,” said Portell. “Offering this as a virtual conference allows our international members to participate and share their expertise,” he added.

Registration is $199, which includes access to recordings of all sessions and keynotes for 60 days after the conference.

“Demand for the conference to be virtual was overwhelming. In a survey of the more than 32,000 TIENetwork social media group members, the clear majority of respondents asked for the conference to be virtual,” said Portell, who added that there are plans to host the event again in person in 2024.

“This conference continues to be small by design and will connect participants through interactive sessions and networking ‘home groups’ to help participants widen their network of connections to others doing the work,” said Portell. “We want our members to access new ideas, strategies and learning. Now, with the addition of home groups, members will also have benefit of widening their network of connections to others doing the work,” he said.

Noted innovators in trauma-informed education movement, including Ricki Gibbs, PhD; Lori Desautels,PhD;  and Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), will deliver keynote addresses.

The conference’s 25 sessions will be recorded, and all registrants will be given viewing access following the conference.

TIENetwork is  partnering  with HelpMe for K-12 students to offer this year's conference.

HelpMe Delivers on a highly configurable mobile platform and provides support and resources to students, families, and staff using a healing-centered interface. The HELPme app trains all school users on the importance of asking for help, recognizes asking for help as a critical life skill, and provides a safe way to practice asking for and receiving help from one’s first interaction with the school.

HELPme provides three ways to help based on the user’s comfort level:

  • Self-Help: Get Resources
  • Help from a Trained Crisis Counselor: Crisis Text Line
  • Help from your School or Community: Get Help

In support of the trauma-informed movement, TIENetwork will donate a portion of conference proceeds to PACEs Connection.

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Group photograph from the Trauma Informed Educators Network 2022 conference.

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**Please Note: Will we accept registration refund requests until June 1, 2023. All Eventbrite fees will be deducted from all cancelations.


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  • Screen Shot 2023-03-07 at 2.35.44 PM: Ricki Gibbs PhD
  • Screen Shot 2023-03-07 at 2.36.24 PM: Lori Desautels, PhD
  • Screen Shot 2023-03-07 at 2.37.31 PM: Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN
  • Screen Shot 2023-03-07 at 2.39.19 PM: Trauma Informed Educators Network group photo 2022

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Disturbingly, the educator can become a child's traumatizer.

As a boy with an undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder [not to mention high sensitivity and resultant also-high ACE score], my Grade 2 teacher was the first and most formidably abusive authority figure with whom I was terrifyingly trapped.

I cannot recall her abuse in its entirety, but I’ll nevertheless always remember how she had the immoral audacity — and especially the unethical confidence in avoiding any professional repercussions — to blatantly readily aim and fire her knee towards my groin, as I was backed up against the school hall wall.

Luckily, she missed her mark, instead hitting the top of my left leg. Though there were other terrible teachers, for me she was uniquely traumatizing, especially when she wore her dark sunglasses when dealing with me.

But rather than tell anyone about my ordeal with her and consciously feel victimized, I instead felt some misplaced shame: I was a ‘difficult’ boy, therefore she likely perceived me as somehow ‘deserving it’.

For some other very young boys back then and there, there was her sole Grade 2 counterpart — similarly abusive but with the additional bizarre, scary attribute of her eyes abruptly shifting side to side. Not surprising, the pair were quite friendly with each other.

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