Elishia empowers schools to create safe spaces where all children can learn, thrive, and reach their full potential – regardless of their past trauma.

Elishia Basner, M.S.

Are you looking for a speaker who can share practical strategies and insights on trauma-informed schooling practices? Look no further! With over 14 years of experience as a counselor, I’m here to help you create safe and supportive learning environments for all students.

My presentations are carefully crafted to be engaging and interactive, with a focus on providing actionable tips that educators can take back to their schools and start using right away. I’m passionate about making my sessions as relevant and applicable as possible, so that attendees leave with a clear plan for implementing trauma-informed practices in their classrooms. By sharing real-world examples and hands-on tools, I empower educators to create positive change and support the needs of every student.

A sneak peak…

Here’s a brief clip from the Smokey Mountain Counseling Association virtual conference in March of 2022, “De-escalation 101”


De-escalating Crises in the Classroom: Strategies 101

Learn how to better manage and diffuse a crisis with De-escalation Strategies 101. In this session, you’ll gain an understanding of why students lose control of their emotions and the best strategies for addressing difficult situations. You’ll also learn proactive skills to help children of all ages develop regulation and coping skills to prevent future crises. With these tools, you’ll be better equipped to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in the classroom.

The Play List for Creating a Trauma-Informed School

Do you wonder if your school is supportive of students who have experienced trauma? We understand that not all of our students have had the same experiences and many may be struggling in the Survival Brain, unable to access the Learning Brain. That’s why it’s so important to create an environment that promotes the learning brain, regardless of past trauma. See how you can help build a trauma-informed school atmosphere that is safer, calmer, and more conducive to learning for all students.

Empowering Educators: Unlocking the Keys to De-escalation and Self-Regulation in the Classroom

When students’ emotions are dysregulated, they can struggle to learn and distract those around them from learning. In this workshop, participants will uncover why students lose control and learn twelve scientifically-backed coping strategies that can be instantly implemented. Upon returning to your school, you’ll be equipped with tangible skills to foster awareness, self-reflection, and connection with students.

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