64% of children and youth in the US have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. The absence of a formal mental health diagnosis does not mean that they move on from these experiences unscathed. Even one traumatic experience in childhood can have negative effects on brain development that persist well beyond childhood, and sometimes have negative ramifications for academic success. Anne-Marie Gauto, LCSW, and former school-based social worker presents information on complex trauma and trauma-sensitive education, and outlines best practices for those who want to help students with trauma histories achieve their educational goals.
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Anne-Marie Gauto, LCSW
Anne-Marie Aguilar Gauto, LCSW is on the adjunct field faculty of the Virtual Academic Center. She earned a BS in 1997 and a MSW in 2000 from California State University, Long Beach, and has over 15 years of experience in social work.
As licensed clinical social worker, she has served children, youth, and families in a variety of settings. She’s currently employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she has served as a school- and clinic-based social worker, and been a preceptor and field instructor for MSW and BSW students from various universities. Now as an organization facilitator with community partnerships and medical programs, her focus is more on macro practice. Previously, she has worked for the San Diego Violence Prevention Program and Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, and as a forensic social worker at San Diego Children’s Hospital’s Chadwick Center.
Gauto is trained in clinical supervision, crisis intervention and management, threat assessment, cognitive behavioral intervention for trauma in schools, mental health consultation and education, cognitive behavior therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, managing and adapting practice, problem-solving therapy, and youth mental-health first aid.
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