Students who have been exposed to toxic stress are wired for fear: They live in a state of constant nervous system activation that often shows up in the classroom as challenging or disruptive behavior. When you learn to recognize these signs of fight, flight, or freeze, you can respond in a more compassionate and trauma-informed manner.
Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D., LMSW, MA, is a sought-after presenter on the topics of mental health, trauma, restorative justice and mindfulness in schools. As a licensed clinical social worker with experience in a variety of clinical settings, Jennifer shares her clinical knowledge and expertise with educators in a way that is both practical and relevant.
Dr. Bashant started her own business, Building Better Futures, LLC, through which she extends her work with children exhibiting challenging behavior. She is an educational consultant in New York State, where she provides training and embedded coaching to educators regarding the most behaviorally challenging students. Her approach is trauma-sensitive and strengths-based, and she seeks to foster collaborative relationships between educators and students as they work together as partners in learning.
Jennifer has been trained in Collaborative Problem Solving, Restorative Justice and the Mindful Schools curriculum for K-12 students. As a certified DiSC Leadership and Work Style Trainer, Jennifer also trains teachers about how to communicate more effectively.
Financial: Dr. Jennifer Bashant is the founder and CEO of Building Better Futures, LLC. She is a guest lecturer at the University at Albany. Dr. Bashant receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Jennifer Bashant is a volunteer presenter for the City Mission of Schenectady.