In partnership with University of Colorado, Resilient Futures, Inc. and UCSF HEARTS (University of California San Francisco's Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools) invite you to learn about HEARTS' six core guiding principles for creating culturally responsive, trauma-informed schools, and how to partner with us to bring this work to your school community.

This one day conference is open to educators, school personnel, school leaders, mental health professionals, consultants, school nurses, school-based clinic providers, and others interested in a school-wide systems approach to creating trauma-informed, safe, supportive, and equitable teaching and learning environments that promote wellness and resilience for everyone within the school community.

Participants will:

● Learn about the impact of trauma and chronic stress, and how it shows up on an individual and systemic level within our school communities.

● Gain a foundational understanding of the HEARTS six core guiding principles for creating culturally-responsive, trauma-informed schools.

● Learn about our multitiered approach for creating whole school change.

● Leave with ideas for integrating these principles into your existing practices.

● Obtain an understanding of the ongoing training and consultation model offered by Resilient Futures, Inc. and UCSF HEARTS, what this could look like in your school, and next steps you and your team can take to begin this work in your school community. 

Additional Details

This event is now FULL. Please email us to be added to the waitlist or our mailing list for future events.


    ● Professional - $285

    ● Student - $135

    ● Group/CU Affiliate Rate  - $255

    ● Day-of Rate - $300

    *Catered lunch included


Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center

13200 E 14th Place, Aurora, Colorado, (303) 365-1234 AURORA.REGENCY.HYATT.COM

Campus Rate: $159, Anschutz Medical Campus Booking Code: CR93618

*Luxurious rooms and suites; transportation provided!


Address: University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus - Shore Auditorium, Ben Nighthorse Campbell Building

Date: October 29, 2018     Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Conference Schedule:

8:30 am - Registration and Breakfast (Method Roasters and Rosenberg’s Bagels)

9:00 - 11:45 - Morning Session

11:45 - 12:30 - Lunch (Etai’s Bakery Cafe)

12:30 - 2:15 - Afternoon Session

2:15 - 2:30 - Break

2:30 - 3:30 - Panel of school staff

3:30 - 4:30 - Closing remarks and questions; Evaluations


Guest Speakers Joining us from the University of California, San Francisco:

Joyce Dorado, PhD

Co-Founder and Director, UCSF hearts

Joyce Dorado, PhD is the Co-Founder and Director of UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS). Dr. Dorado is a nationally recognized expert in partnering with schools and other youth-serving systems to create trauma-informed, equitable, and healing organizations. She serves as an appointed member of the California State Supreme Court Justice’s statewide steering committee for the Keeping Kids in School and Out of Courts initiative. She is also the Lead Curriculum Developer, a Master Trainer, and a member of the founding workgroup for the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) Trauma-Informed Systems Initiative, and provides training and consultation across the Bay Area in collaboration with Trauma Transformed: Bay Area Regional Trauma-Informed Systems Center. Additionally, she has served as a lead consultant in CLEAR California, a partnership between the Washington State University CLEAR program and UCSF HEARTS.

Martha Merchant, PsyD

Consultant, UCSF hearts

Martha Merchant, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist, and currently a consultant with UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments And Response to Trauma in Schools) in a variety of schools. She provides trainings and consultations with school staff, teachers an administrators in order to create in order to create more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school environments. She recently provided the keynote at San Mateo's 24/4 Respect Conference and at WestEd's Understanding School Mental Health Practices and Trauma-Informed Approaches: A Central Valley Convening Conference. She also spoke at the California PBIS conference this year. Dr. Merchant has partnered with a wide variety of other agencies, including Education Outside in San Francisco, Math For America in Berkeley, and Sonoma County Juvenile Justice.


The HEARTS framework was developed at the University of California San Francisco in 2008 by Joyce Dorado, PhD. and Miriam Martinez, PhD., and is currently being implemented across the California Bay Area by UCSF and Colorado by Resilient Futures, Inc.

The mission of HEARTS is to promote school success for trauma-impacted students by collaborating with school systems to create more trauma-informed, safe, supportive, and equitable school cultures and climates that foster resilience and wellness for everyone in the school community, students and adults alike. Equity and social justice through cultural humility and responsiveness is central to our approach. 

HEARTS is a whole-school, prevention and intervention approach that utilizes a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework to address trauma and chronic stress at the student level, staff level, and school organizational level.

HEARTS focuses on long-term systemic change by creating school-wide literacy of the impact of trauma on emotional functioning, learning, and teaching, while embedding universal supports that are preventative, collaborative, and intentional for all members of the school community.

HEARTS' approach is built on the understanding that training alone does not lead to change. While individual trainings are important to developing a foundational understanding of the impact of trauma and the core principles of trauma-informed practices, ongoing support through consultation and professional development training is key to effective and sustainable systems change. 

Join us on October 29th

This event is sold out. To be added to the waitlist or mailing list for future events, or for additional information, email us at [email protected]

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