Leading Through Acute Stress Incidents

With Dr. Joelle van Lent, Psy.D. & Erica McLaughlin

February 3rd, 2022
3:15pm to 4:15pm
Cost: No Fee
Venue: Online (Zoom)
Target Audience: School Leaders

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Event Description: During the past almost 2 years of this pandemic, we have consistently looked to our expertise on stress and resilience to help us cope well and meet the challenge of the pandemic. Joelle and Erica will lead us through a discussion in which we specifically consider our response to tragic events, or acute stress incidents, during the pandemic. We have already enacted our surge capacity and sustained that longer than we thought possible, so how do we respond when there is a tragic event in this context? The workshop will offer considerations specific to this year that will augment the procedures we already rely on and use effectively in such situations. Questions, comments, and discussion will be encouraged during our time. An hour of professional learning will be issued to those registered and in attendance.


Dr. Joelle van Lent is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and child serving agencies.  Dr. van Lent has expertise as a therapist, clinician, evaluator, consultant, and trainer.  Her work focuses on child and adolescent mental health, family therapy, trauma, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Dr. van Lent’s approach is geared toward fostering resilience and creating communities that support healthy development.  She is currently in private practice based in the northwestern part of Vermont and works across the state with schools and agencies

Erica McLaughlin currently serves as the Randolph Elementary School Principal. She is the VPA’s National Association of Elementary School’s (NEASP) Representative–including serving as the Zone 1 Representative for the National Taskforce on Race and Equity, and she is the VPA’s President Elect. Erica was the Vermont Elementary School Principal of the Year in 2015.