Educator, Author & Humanitarian Committed to Serving Urban Youth
For Nicole Thompson, it all started with a box of crayons and a coloring book. The eight-year-old was still grieving for her mother, who took her own life. Thompson had awakened to find her mom dead in bed beside her from an overdose. Feeling utterly alone and isolated, she returned to school. Her third-grade teacher had Thompson’s classmates present her with the two small gifts. It’s something she never forgot. “They were a reminder that even though I was going through hell, people cared,” Thompson says. “And I’d certainly never expected a teacher, of all people, to care as much as Ms. Smith.” Read More >
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Educator's Role in Helping Students Heal Trauma
Reverse the Adverse
COVID-19 has affected us all and traumatized many. According to the Mayo Clinic, there has been a major increase in stress, anxiety and depression across the nation. Financial pressure and social isolation and worries about getting sick are taking a toll, too. That’s why self-care is more important than ever. Read More >
In this keynote, Nicole Thompson, an educator, author, mentor to urban youth and retired school psychologist, shares self-care strategies to improve your mental and physical health for yourself and your family. She shares practical tips that anyone can use to help them overcome challenging times and heal themselves from what’s hurting them, so they can thrive despite their current circumstances. Read Less ^
Study after study has shown that when employees are happy and healthy, engagement, productivity and business growth rise and burn-out drops. A culture of self-care in the workplace has proven to be critical to success — especially in these times when stress is at an all-time high. So how do you go about incorporating self-care into your company culture? Read More >
In this keynote, Nicole Thompson, an educator, author, mentor to urban youth and retired school psychologist, shows you how. She shares self-care strategies for the workplace, and practical tips that anyone can use to help overcome challenging times and heal themselves from what’s hurting them, so they can thrive despite their current circumstances. Read Less ^
We all go through challenging times at different points in our lives, and COVID-19 has proven that. For some, it’s during childhood and often those moments qualify as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Nicole shares the most challenging times of her life that happened when she was a child. She accounts living with a depressed mom that lost her will to live when she was only 8 years old, how she felt waking up next to her mom’s dead body, and how she was able to overcome that trauma. She then shares practical tips that students can use to help them overcome challenging times and heal themselves from what’s hurting them so they can thrive despite their current circumstances.
This workshop is for educators in urban districts who struggle to motivate students to learn, lose instruction time due to problem behaviors, and want to improve student/teacher relationships which ultimately improves student performance, teacher satisfaction and overall morale. Nicole provides a space for educators to reflect on their own personal bias, and how it may interfere with the entire learning process. She also teaches about trauma, how it manifests in school, and provides a practical proven approach that uses functional strategies to transform classrooms from places of discipline to that of learning and thriving. Lastly, educators are given a step-by-step approach to develop a healthy daily self-care routine to prevent overwhelm and burnout. Given such, educators can effectively educate, engage, empower, and instill hope in vulnerable students, thus changing projected negative outcomes.
THIS! Thank you. Your training is still the best I have ever received. I used your training this school year and I’ve seen every child grow a grade level in one semester (fourth and fifth grade resource special education). THANK YOU!
It was amazing to see one of our own do an amazing job today at Harvard School Mental Health Conference in Boston. Special shoutout to Nicole Thompson who came all the way from Philly to share her passion about working with urban students as a school psychologist and was the only speaker of the conference who got a standing ovation! Nicole you were the highlight of the event!
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your sharing today. What you said was practical, accessible, affirmative and directly useful. I work with a wonderful and highly traumatized adult population, and I could hear their voices in my head while you spoke. -Client
WOW! I’m so glad I decided to invest in myself and take Reverse the Adverse Online Training! I feel more empowered and equipped to interact with my students in a more effective way. She is so inspirational, her class was engaging and interactive. There was so much information covered in just 2 hours. Her workbook will stay on my desk and will be the first thing I look at each workday!
“I thought it was incredibly helpful and interactive. She did a great job of managing not only the time but the content, and making it really usable and functional for us. I would definitely highly recommend it to anyone that’s an educator, and to any administrator that’s looking for something that can be really easily turned over the next day.”
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