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The 2021 Pennsylvania One Book Program is intended to emphasize the importance of emotional resilience, social-emotional wellness, and healing through literacy and literature.  Young readers across Pennsylvania will be exposed to a number of titles through two booklists (for ages 0-2 and ages 3-6), cultivated by youth services librarians and early learning caregivers, with a focus on understanding emotions and feelings.  Two family fun guides and two activity guides for librarians and caregivers, all of which contain activities that align with the Pennsylvania Standards for Early Childhood, will also be made available via the One Book website to encourage family engagement and positive learning experiences.  All booklists and guides will be made available via the Pennsylvania One Book website in April 2021.  The following professional development activity is part of the 2021 “Many Books: One Pennsylvania Community” program.



You are invited to join us on Tuesday, April 27 from 1-2 P.M. for “Many Stories, One Pennsylvania Community: Understanding Trauma and Supporting Resilience” with Janet Pozmantier, M.S., LPC, LMFT, RPT.

Adverse childhood experiences touch us all, but they don’t have to take a toll.  In this interactive webinar, we will explore 9 trauma-informed strategies to alleviate the impact of adverse experiences and enhance emotional regulation in young children; examine the use of empathy and empowerment to address toxic stress and trauma in families; and engage in simple approaches for self-soothing to mitigate the effects of secondary trauma and burnout and build resiliency in ourselves and others.

About the speaker:

Janet Pozmantier, M.S., LPC, LMFT, RPT, is an award-winning author, curriculum developer, trainer, and child advocate specializing in primary prevention programming. She has created and successfully implemented child abuse prevention, relationship, parenting, mental health, trauma, and youth suicide prevention education curricula for children, youth, and adults.  She is the co-author of a book on early childhood development (The First Years, DK Publishing, 2001). 

Janet was instrumental in establishing several children’s advocacy organizations in Houston and served as the Founding Director of the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. She has spoken at local, state, and national conferences and specializes in “hands-on,” interactive presentations. Janet is a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award from Children at Risk, the Distinguished Service Award from ChildBuilders, and the Trainer of the Year Award from Texas Association for the Education of Young Children.  She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer (Youth and Adult), a certified Master Trainer for Mind Matters, and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.

The maximum registration is 500 participants and a recording of the content will be available on both the Pennsylvania Library Staff Academy on Niche Academy and the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) Professional Development Registry.

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