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December First Friday Lecture Explores Trauma-Responsive Teaching

November 14, 2017

The December First Friday Lecture at St. John Fisher College will feature a panel discussion on trauma-responsive teaching led by faculty from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education and the Wegmans School of Nursing.

From Left to Right: Dr. Michael Wischnowski, Dr. Susan Hildenbrand, Dr. Tamara Clingerman, and Dr. Nancy Bowllan.

The event, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, begins at 9 a.m. with Mass in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great. After Mass, guests are welcome to enjoy a light breakfast in Cleary Family Auditorium, followed by the discussion at 10 a.m.

Facilitated by Dr. Michael Wischnowski, dean of the School of Education, the panel includes Dr. Susan Hildenbrand, associate dean and associate professor, School of Education; Dr. Tamara Clingerman, assistant professor, School of Nursing; and Dr. Nancy Bowllan, associate professor, School of Nursing.

Research has shown that there are academic and emotional implications for students who have suffered from trauma, leading educators to develop new ways for teachers to ensure that their classrooms are safe and welcoming. This new paradigm shift calls on teachers to have a deeper understanding of the social, emotional, physical, and socioeconomic lives their students have outside of the classroom, in turn creating school communities where behavioral issues are managed by problem-solving. The School of Education has engaged in several efforts with local school districts to create and implement professional development programs on trauma-informed care in the classroom.

At the School of Nursing, academic programs are focused on providing the skills and knowledge nurse practitioners need to deliver trauma-informed care to patients. Nurses trained to understand how the life experiences of a patient can affect a person’s health allows them to provide individualized care and interventions that address their specific needs.

The First Friday Lecture Series, sponsored by the 1948 Society, is designed for individuals who are interested in hearing learned perspectives on a variety of topics from members of the St. John Fisher College and greater Rochester community. Parking is available in Lot A, Lot K, or Lot S (shuttle service will be provided to and from Kearney Hall).

Register online for the lecture, or for more information, call Libby Pinti at (585) 385-7350 or email