Agenda for Rest Conference
Time Session Presenter Details
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Welcome Dr. Barbara Aranda–Naranjo, UIW Provost
What’s Trauma Informed Practice—and Why Should We Care? Jen Osborne, Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, St Philip’s College
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Plenary Speaker #1
“Moving Onward: Student Considerations on the Journey Toward Success”
Lisa Gunderson (One Love Consulting) In this session, we discuss ways to assist or create excellent environments that can contribute to students’ academic and personal growth and success across disciplines. Understanding how to service our students during this time is critical. Beginning with a quick grounding in the importance of the student on campus, we discuss our bias, the singular and cumulative impacts of COVID, racialized violence and other traumas and how they might manifest in and outside of the classroom. Next, practical and applicable tools for all who interact with students (in and outside of the classroom), as well as the students themselves are given. Please bring your questions as the majority of time will be spent answering them.
Breakout Series #1
10 - 10:40 a.m. Understanding Self Harm (Part 1 of 2) Dr. Michelson, San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
The Effects of Stress on our Bodies Shaylon Rettig
Strength in Transformation: Compassionate Integrity Training Sister Martha Ann & Dr. Sandra Gusman Foster, UIW Faculty Social Emotional intelligence is needed more than ever to care for ourselves, for others, and to influence systems. Try some compassion for self, shift towards trauma informed relationships, learn of the global movement with over 12,000 participating in Compassionate Integrity Training, and UIW’s significant contributions to San Antonio as a “City of Compassion.”
Trauma-Informed Practices Not Only by Discovery but by Design: A Proactive Pedagogical Approach Shavonne Coleman, UT Austin In this breakout session, participants will explore their own practices with Trauma-Informed Pedagogy and discuss how to integrate proactive strategies to support effective learning spaces. Each person will go through the process of curating their own plan toward intentional impacts and will leave with a framework to guide their curriculum development with a Trauma-Informed Pedagogical Approach.
Trauma and Health Professionals Mady Stovall & Marissa Zajac, UIW Faculty
10:45 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Yoga Break #1: Moving and Stretching Nick Moore & Addison Allen
Breakout Series #2
11 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Understanding Suicide (Part 2 of 2) Dr. Michelson, San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
Trauma-Informed Pedagogy Beyond the Content Warning Steve Lundy, UT Austin Trauma-informed interventions are often oriented towards syllabus design and classroom management, but if trauma-informed practitioners lack a network of like-minded, supportive educators and staff, these interventions can be unsustainable and lead to burnout. In this session, we’ll discuss how to connect trauma-informed practices to key campus partners and stakeholders to sustain your teaching both in and out of the classroom.
Student Voices: A Panel Discussion Lisa Gunderson & Maria Felix-Ortiz Three students representing diverse experiences answer questions about stressors/trauma, intersectionality, and how educators can support them in their campus experience. Attendees will learn about specific strategies to support student learning in and out of the classroom. The format is a panel discussion followed by audience Q & A.
Gerald Bowie III is a senior at UIW from Dallas, Texas double majoring in Criminal Justice & Sociology. He is captain and member of the UIW Cardinal football team, and president of “As One We Will,” a student group he helped organize in the wake of the George Floyd murder. His group successfully organized the first UIW Juneteenth Celebration.
Pilar Gonzaba is a senior at UIW majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She is an athlete, and president of NAMI on Campus, a peer outreach group that organizes events to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Pilar and her group offered a suicide prevention presentation last year over Zoom that was sent to the state NAMI office.
Jessica Quintanilla is a senior at UIW from Floresville, Texas majoring in psychology and planning to obtain a MAA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, both through the UIW School of Professional Studies. She is a peer advisor for UIW’s Peer Advisors for Veteran’s Education (PAVE), an intern with Career Services, and has assisted in the Student Disability Services Office.
Breaking Myths of Sexual Violence Nia Davis, Rape Crisis Center This one-hour training will introduce the definition of sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence. Discussion includes the reality of various myths surrounding sexual violence. This training is open to any individual looking to understand the prevalence of sexual violence in our communities.
Los Dias Oscuros: Art’s Light in Dark Times Octavio Quintanilla Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and served as the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His poetry, fiction, translations, and photography have appeared in numerous journals and publications. Octavio’s visual work has been exhibited at multiple locations to include Our Lady of the Lake University as well as many other fine locations. Octavio teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Plenary Speaker #2
What Have We Learned from the Pandemic that Can Make Teaching and Learning Stronger Than Ever
Todd Zakrajsek (UN-Chapel Hill Med School) Much has been lost during the COVID pandemic. It is important to recognize lives lost, challenges we all faced, and that this has been a challenging time for all of us. That said, over the past 18 months we have also learned a lot about ourselves and how we teach. In this session, we will take a look at what we learned during our shift to emergency remote teaching and, going forward, what can be kept, augmented, and even built upon to create even better educational experiences for our students.
Breakout Series #3
1 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. The Healing Classroom Dr. Arturo Chavez, UIW Associate VP for DEI and Mission and Ministry Arturo will facilitate a conversation on how we can foster a safe, classroom environment where students of diverse backgrounds experience a sense of belonging, healing, and empowerment.
Moving Forward: Helping Students Transition to On-campus Living & Learning Dr. Kevin Milligan, UIW Counseling In this session, we discuss ways to assist students in making a healthy transition from a quarantine lifestyle to in-person experiences in the classroom and on campus. In addition, we will discuss techniques for managing distress and building resiliency.
Come On In! Welcoming Spirit into Healing Trauma! Rosalyn Collier & Anne Helmke An experiential gathering to open ourselves to the healing presence of the Holy.
Participants will practice four modalities for awakening to the spiritual dimension into care of body, mind and spirit. Join us in this experimental journey of self-care during this time of individual and collective trauma.
Trauma through a Medical Humanities Lens Josh Robbins, UIW Faculty & Serife Tekin, UTSA Faculty
1:45 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. Yoga Break #2: Moving and Stretching Nick Moore & Addison Allen
Breakout Series #4
2 - 2:40 p.m. Trauma Transformed: Christian Resources for True Healing Julie Miller & Adrienne Ambrose, UIW Faculty Healing from suffering and trauma is among the most important work we do as human beings. Christianity, with its focus on the transformation of a suffering savior, offers a unique perspective from which to engage in the work of healing, both individually and in community. Based on the book Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma, this session will introduce an approach to trauma that embraces the woundedness of Christ as a resource for true healing.
Survivor Sensitivity Nia Davis, Rape Crisis Center Best practices for working with survivors of sexual assault and responding to outcries. Explores specific populations that are at higher risk for sexual assault and the barriers they face when reporting and seeking help.
Caring for the Caregiver Kathleen Tilton
Creating a Trauma-Informed Campus for Student Veterans Colleen Ward and Linda Ray, Audi Murphy VA Medical Center Trauma is a common experience many individuals, including Veterans, face during their lifetime. In this session, we will define what trauma is and its impact on Veterans. We will also look at how trauma and adjustment concerns present in a campus environment and what tools faculty can utilize to assist Student Veterans achieve academic success.
2:45 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Yoga Break #3: Moving and Stretching Nick Moore & Addison Allen
3 - 4 p.m. Plenary Speaker #3
The Art and Science of Well-Being
Ben Wortham & Father Ragan Schriver, Catholic Charities USA The Art and Science of Well Being session will address an overview of trauma and the importance of self-care. COVID-19 has impacted professionals of all sorts of organizations including higher ed settings. This session will explore ways to recognize stress and trauma in yourself and others close to you. The session will address how important it is in traumatic times to practice self-care to reduce stress and anxiety.
  1. Apply the 6 categories of self-care
  2. Explain the neurobiology of trauma as it relates to our own stress reduction
  3. Identify psychological effects and stressors