Remembering the Human in the Student: Trauma-informed Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Labs that Use Human Participants

Event Date & Time

  • May 7, 2024
    10:00 am - 11:20 am

Event Description

In-person: UBCO

This event is part of the 2024 Celebrate Learning Week, taking place from May 6–10, 2024.

This interactive workshop will introduce the prevalence of trauma experience, and the impacts of trauma on students. We will also discuss a range of trauma responses to help attendees recognize some signs and symptoms of trauma in learners. For most of the session, we will practice applying the principles of trauma-informed practice to analyze and adjust common lab practices and activities. Attendees will leave the session with an appreciation for how trauma-informed practice supports equity and inclusion, and with some simple, practical tools for making their own lab teaching more trauma-informed.

This session is valuable for anyone who designs or facilitates labs involving student or other human participants. Much of the learning will also be relevant for anyone interested in adopting trauma-informed approaches to research involving human participants.


  • Meaghan MacNutt, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Health & Exercise Sciences, UBCO (she/her)
  • Hannah Connon, Health & Exercise Sciences, UBCO (they/them)
  • Johannah Black, Education Specialist, Sexual Violence Prevention & response Office, UBCO (she/her)

Note to Non-UBC Participants:

In order to register for this program, non-UBC faculty, staff, and students will need to create a UBC Basic CWL. To do this, please go to the CWL page and scroll down to the accordion tab that reads “Basic”. Follow the instructions there for creating and activating a Basic CWL, then please return to this page to register for the program.



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