“Understanding the Effects of Toxic Stress....Young Children”

Toxic Stress: can occur when a child experiences strong, frequent, and/or long-lasting difficult events – such as physical or emotional abuse. This kind of prolonged activation of the stress response systems can disrupt brain building and other organ systems and increase the risk for stress-related disease and intellectual impairments, into and throughout the adult years.
In the area of stress reduction teachers, family service workers and family advocates can work with families to fortify young children against the effects of the Toxic Stress that they are experiencing. This session will provide basic understanding of Toxic Stress and offer strategies, resources, and techniques that teachers and parents can use to promote children’s learning and development.


This workshop is designed to help teachers, family service workers, and other caregivers in their efforts to work with families in the most vital area of Social- Emotional Development/Mental Health.

Method of delivery

– Power point
– Music
– Hands on Activities

Key areas of focus:

– Early Brain Development
– Recognizing the effects of Stress
– Making best use of teaching resources

What participants will learn:

  • Ways to reduce the effects of Toxic Stress
  • To Identify different types of Stress
  • Steps for modeling “Stress Less” behavior

About Presenter:

Rufus Johnson, Ed. D., a retired educator, has devoted more than 40 years of his life to educating young people in the public schools, colleges and universities, and young people detained in the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice facilities. He has extensive experience in working with youth in both general education as well as students with disabilities. His recent activities include facilitating the Strategic Planning process for the Department of Juvenile Justice, working with teachers pursuing certification, and coordinating the Georgia DJJ through AdvancED / Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process.
Dr. Johnson received his B.A. degree in English and the Master of Arts degree in English Education from Mercer University (Macon, GA), the Education Specialist degree in School Leadership from Georgia State University, and the Doctor of Education degree in School Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). While employed in the Macon-Bibb County School System, he rose through the ranks as a substitute teacher, certified classroom teacher and supervising principal for 21 years emerging as a student advocate and parent supporter. He then spent three years working throughout the state where he helped develop curriculums and workshops teaching others about the importance of Character Education and practicing good social skills in the home, at school, the community, and in the workplace.
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