The Emotionally Corrective Classroom : Exploring Trauma-Informed Strategies to Support Students' Mental Health Needs


Jul. 20, 2022, 3:30pm to 5pm

Office/Remote Location

Via Zoom
The Emotionally Corrective Classroom


The impacts of childhood trauma on learning have been well established. Today, it comes as no surprise that many students are facing challenges such as housing insecurity, community violence, racism, the death of family members, and peer victimization; challenges that have escalated through the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this workshop, educators will learn a tangible trauma-informed framework of classroom management that will create a space where all students’ emotional needs are met and their capacity for learning is enhanced. Educators will be provided with hands-on strategies that are aimed at decreasing disruptive behavior, fostering a sense of safety in the classroom, and building on students' inherent strengths.

Admission is free and CEUs are available for those attending the live event. A recording of the event will be available online.

Panelists include:

Michelle G. Paul, Ph.D.
The Workday Endowed Executive Director - UNLV PRACTICE | Professor-in-Residence @UNLV Department of Psychology
Michelle Paul joined the UNLV Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program as the associate director of clinical training in 2004. Her position is unique within the department as she is fully devoted to the coordination and oversight of doctoral students' clinical, or practicum, competency development. To that end, Dr. Paul's duties are centered on teaching clinical courses, providing clinical supervision and overseeing practicum training assignments. Currently she teaches clinical supervision, and practicum seminar. She also directs the program’s innovative, interdisciplinary training clinic, The Partnership for Research, Assessment, Counseling, Therapy and Innovative Clinical Education, or, The PRACTICE: A UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic. The PRACTICE is a sliding scale clinic where graduate students from multiple disciplines provide a variety of mental and behavioral health services to a diverse community.

Roberta Miranda, Ph.D., LCADC-S, CPC, NCC, ACS
Roberta Miranda-Alfonzo is dually-licensed in mental health and substance abuse counseling and serves as a state-approved CPC and LCADC clinical supervisor.. She is the Youth Program Coordinator at UNLV’s PRACTICE and leads the clinic’s community Trauma Team. She teaches college courses & offers professional training in addiction and mental health. On a personal note, she enjoys live music, traveling, & board games with family.

Sarah Ramos, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Scholar @UNLV PRACTICE
Dr. Ramos graduated with her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from New Mexico State University (APA Accredited). She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium – La Frontera (APA Accredited) where she specialized in working with children, adolescents, and families presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. Dr. Ramos has experience working in a variety of settings, including schools, integrated family medicine clinics, and community mental health centers both in rural and urban settings. Additionally, she holds a specialization certificate from New Mexico State University in providing mental health services to Spanish speaking populations. Her clinical passion is in working with the Latinx community from a strengths-based perspective and in training other clinicians to provide services from a multicultural and anti-oppressive lens.

Diana Urena, MA, MS
Post-Doctoral Scholar @UNLV PRACTICE
Diana Urena, joined UNLV PRACTICE in 2019 after completing her APA-accredited clinical residency at the Child and Family Guidance Center in Northridge, California. A bilingual Latina American, Urena brings expertise in working with culturally diverse patients. She brings strong interdisciplinary and clinical training in child abuse prevention, trauma, and early intervention with children and families as well as expertise in providing culturally and linguistically competent services to Spanish-speaking populations.

About the Scholarship in Practice Web Lecture Series

Aligned with UNLV’s Top Tier goal of community engagement, the Scholarship in Practice Web Lecture Series is a forum offered to local and national communities to discuss critical issues and propose concrete solutions on topics related to PK-20 education and mental health. Steeped in the latest scholarship, lectures are designed to support educators, practitioners, and other stakeholders. The UNLV College of Education provides approximately 6-8 lectures per year.



Contact Information

College of Education
Jenn Oshiro Rivers

External Sponsor

UNLV College of Education