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Digital Seminar

The Story of Our Nervous System for Educators and Students

Lori Desautels, PhD
59 Minutes
Oct 26, 2021
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This session will address how our nervous systems drive our feelings, thoughts and behaviours in our classrooms and schools. All chronic behavioural challenges are nervous system challenges and require "felt safety" inside our classrooms and schools. When we only observe behaviours, we look at the indicators and do not cultivate sustainable changes meeting our children and youth in their autonomic state. In this session, educators, parents and all those who work with children and youth will be given the practices and tools to assist our children, youth, and ourselves in recognizing how dysregulation feels in our bodies and brains and the resources to deeply understand how we move through autonomic states when we feel triggered and our bodies prepare to protect and defend when there is no present moment danger or threat.



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Butler University

Dr. Lori Desautels is an assistant professor at Butler University. Lori created the Education Neuroscience Symposium, beginning its ninth year, along with a nine-hour certification in Applied Educational Neuroscience, which is in its sixth year. Lori is the author of four books, co-authored Indiana's Social and Emotional competencies and presents to schools and districts around the world. She is a former special education teacher and school counselor and the mother of three grown beautiful children!


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lori DeSautels is an assistant professor at Butler University and a professor at Marian University Indianapolis. She is a published author and receives royalties. Ms. DeSautels receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lori DeSautels has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Evaluate how autonomic states affect educators' feelings, thoughts, and behaviours, and those of their students exploring the deep connection to the felt sensations in their nervous systems. 
  2. Analyze how neuroception impacts humans’ ability to feel safe and our perceptual maps of our embodied experiences. 
  3. Assess how discipline in schools and homes must begin with the biological imperative of autonomically-based sense of safety to access executive functions needed for learning and overall well-being. 


  • Attendees will come away with practices addressing the cultivation of environments and relationships that ground our autonomic states 
  • Attendees will come away with practices that help staff and students to recognize the fluid movement between our nervous system states and how to intentionally identify and shift those states of nervous system functioning. 
  • Attendees will come away with a new lens for disciplining students as it relates to the states of our autonomic nervous system where we create practices that are preventative, brain aligned and relational in our classrooms. 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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