Meet Selina Armstrong!
2021 INA Virtual Summit Nanny Speaker
Selina Armstrong is a trauma-informed practitioner that has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in the areas of education, international development, and advocacy. Her most recent work focused on developing programs to increase protective factors that promote resilience in children affected by domestic violence. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Family and Community Services as well as a Master’s Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Selina, a recent transplant to the St. Louis area from Atlanta, is a mom of a 6 yr old daughter, a bonus mom to a 14 year old son and the spouse of a law enforcement officer. She is currently working with Generation Mindful (GENM) on a new weekly segment, “That Friday Feeling: Parenting Pep Talks” which explores various topics related to everyday parenting. Additionally, Selina provides written content for GENM on a multitude of topics from navigating the intersectionality of being Black in America and a Police Chief’s wife to developing empathy in children, using positive discipline and creating calming corners to develop social and emotional learning.
Selina will be teaching the following session at the 2021 INA Virtual Summit:
Nurturing Resilience through a Positive Discipline and Trauma-Informed Lens
This session will focus on how to increase protective factors that foster resilience in the families and children we serve as well as ourselves. Resilience is key as we continue to navigate our new normal through a global pandemic in addition to political and civil unrest. 2020 and 2021 have taught us that “big and little t trauma” can and will affect everyone regardless of race, social status, political affiliation, economic status, etc. Many have experienced the collective trauma of this pandemic as well as uncertainty in ways we may not have imagined or even come to grips with yet. The “big and little t traumas” experienced this past year including the loss of life as we knew it can have an effect on our physical and mental well-being and the well-being of those we care for. The science of resilience however tells us that caring adults who help children learn coping skills while providing positive experiences are instrumental in nurturing resilience. Join us as we explore the core principles of positive discipline and trauma informed care and discover how connection, play and mindfulness can be the antidote to “big and little trauma”.
Want to learn from Selina directly in one of these great sessions? Join us on March 13, 2021, for the INA Virtual Summit.