Episode 5 of our Connected Educators series features a conversation with Becky Evans who is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a District Intervention Counselor with Aledo Independent School District in Aledo, TX. This conversation with is full of practical tips for creating a trauma-informed, connected learning environment whether it’s virtual or socially distanced. Becky shares about how she has seen teachers adapt TBRI strategies virtually – including virtual calming spaces!
Linked References from this episode:
Virtual calming spaces
- Virtual Calming Room
- Osseo Area Learning Center Virtual Calming Room
- Northeast Metro Intermediate School District Virtual Calming Space
- Virtual MindPeace Rooms (virtual calming for elementary, middle, and high school)
About our guest:
Becky Evans is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a District Intervention Counselor with Aledo Independent School District. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University, and her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University, and has been an LPC for 12 years. Becky spent the first 8 years of her career offering in-home counseling, case management, and TBRI parenting services to families before transitioning to the education world. She has spent the last 4 years offering mental health services in the schools and helping implement TBRI in educational settings. Becky is married to her husband Mike, a high school teacher/coach and they have 2 beautiful children, Bentlee and Corbin. Becky is passionate about TBRI and it is her goal to continue the work of implementing trauma-informed practices in the school system for many years to come.
About the Host:
Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI®, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency.
Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two children.