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Dates: Ongoing
Audience: Teachers, School Staff, and Administrators
Number of Participants: 25-35
Workshop Time: one 2-hour session (multiple back-to-back sessions available)
Charge: Free-of-Charge

Resilience in School Environments: Understanding and Practice (RISE UP) is a learning session designed to foster resilience using a trauma sensitive approach to interact with students. Teaching Artists from Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Program, in collaboration with Oregon Children's Theatre, will facilitate this 2-hour session employing theatre, experiential learning, and arts integration techniques to engage participants in their own discovery and practical implementation. At the end of the session, participants will create a simple action plan to apply the skills and concepts examined in the session. Please note that this program provides Oregon Continuing Education Credits.

Activities are designed to provide participants a safe place to practice, question, discover, and learn. They also include large and small group discussion, peer interaction, self-reflection, and kinesthetic experiences. The program is appropriate for teachers, staff, and administrators at a school, and is most effective with 25 to 50 participants. Multiple sessions can be provided to accommodate groups larger than 50.

RISE UP participants will:

  • Understand the prevalence of trauma in youth, and the potential impact of trauma on student behavior

  • Identify and practice self-regulation skills that can help in de-escalating challenging interactions

  • Learn tools to assist students in building and strengthening their own emotional regulation skills

  • Explore ongoing methods to create a classroom environment that feels safe and supportive for trauma-impacted youth


  • Room Requirements: A large open room that accommodates the number of participants

  • Room Set-Up: Chairs for participants in a semi-circle

  • Set-Up Time: A minimum of 45 minutes before the learning session

  • Break-Down Time: A minimum of 30 minutes after the learning session

Questions? Call Kerry Ryan at (503) 467-0550 or email kerry@octc.org.

As one of the nation’s oldest not-for-profit health care delivery systems, Kaiser Permanente has worked to improve the health of our communities for over 60 years. As part of that mission, the Educational Theatre Program uses the magic of live performance and drama-based strategies to inspire people to make healthy choices, and build strong communities.