What You Will Learn

The startling statistics of opioid abuse boggle the mind – and the ripple effects on students can be far-reaching.  Treatment methods, management of prescription drugs and control of illegal substances are all on the agenda for addressing the crisis, but kids are rarely the focus of concerted planning.

Any student whose family life is disrupted by addiction carries a heavy weight – sometimes because they are acting as caregivers to siblings and parents, sometimes because their own basic emotional and physical needs are not being met and sometimes because their peers, teachers and coaches cannot possibly understand their home lives.

During this 90-minute webinar, Catava Burton, Ed.S. and a certified trauma counselor will explore parental addiction and the impacts on neurobiology and student learning. She will reveal how trauma and addiction are connected – whether it’s opioids, alcohol, other prescription drugs or illegal substances. Using case studies for reflection and discussion, Catava will examine how attachment and social/emotional skills are damaged by the abuse and neglect that go hand-in-hand with addiction. She will share strategies to help students with addicted family members to cope and build resilience.  She will also discuss what steps should be taken to help students who may themselves be addicted.

Catava will also share her observations on the connections between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – such as living with substance abuse – and difficulties in the classroom.  She will also discuss how these classroom challenges can result in misdiagnoses of learning disabilities and how this trend contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline.


  • Explore the psychological trauma of addiction
  • Examine the co-occurring disorders of addiction
  • How ACEs and substance abuse are connected
  • Know the 4 neurotransmitters and how your classroom can impact them
  • Understand the pathway from ACEs/trauma to social/emotional and cognitive disabilities and indulging in risky behaviors
  • Understand how knowing a student’s trauma history can help educators plan for classroom behavior management
  • Learn the 4 R’s of building resilience

You Will Also Receive

The $49 registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant the afternoon prior to the webinar.

Benefits from Taking this Webinar
  • Valuable Information – From a nationally known speaker with a reputation for providing insightful and useful information.
  • Inexpensive – Eliminate travel arrangements and travel expenses that you would ordinarily need to expend to attend a professional seminar such as this one.
  • Efficient – No need to spend time arranging for and traveling to this seminar
  • Access PowerPoint™ Visuals – as Catava Burton, Ed.S. progresses through the seminar. A copy of the PowerPoint™ presentation slides will be available to you upon registration.
  • Reproducibles – Handouts and worksheets will be available to you, upon registration.

Potential Funding

Research-based, outcome-based continuing education opportunities from Developmental Resources may qualify for funding under Title 1 Part A Targeted Assistance Program Grants; Title II Part A Improving Teacher Quality Grants; Perkins Professional Technical Education Grants as well as other federal, state and local sources. Requirements vary from state to state. Contact your local administrator.

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Group Discounts

Available for attendees from the same school system or private practice.

3-5 Attendees 10% off
6-9 Attendees 15% off
10-19 Attendees 20% off
20+ Attendees 25% off
Unlimited Access CD
The pre-recorded webinar on CD will be shipped to you for unlimited viewing.

In order to be eligible for group discounts, we must receive ALL registrations at the SAME time.

RECORDED: Single-Use Version
Grade Levels: K-12

Grade Levels: K-12

You will receive a confirmation email. A link to the webinar will be sent separately. Simply click the link at the scheduled time and follow the instructions.

Catava Burton, Ed.S.
About the Presenter

Catava Burton, Ed.S. is the Preventative Services Specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. She provides oversight to the Behavior Support Team and the Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) program. She possesses 19 years experience in psychology with a focus on mental health, trauma and human development. Catava is also a certified trauma practitioner, blogger for The Mighty, and was featured as a 2017 Human of Richmond.