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Jennifer De Lapp

Founder, CEO, & Curriculum Developer  
Lead Facilitator

Education and Experience

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The Degrees

PhD in Education, Double Specialty:  

Trauma-Informed & Special Education​​​​​

  • National University, 2020 - Present

MA Education: Special Education

  • San Jose State University, 2004

BA Psychology

  • UC Santa Cruz, 2000

AA Liberal Arts

  • De Anza College, 1997

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Beyond the Degrees

Professional Qualifications

  • California Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children Webinar: Infusing Teaching Programs with Trauma-Sensitive Lenses

  • 7th Annual Women in Leadership Conference Presenter: Global Applications for Trauma-Sensitive Practices

  • National Society of Leadership and Success Member

  • Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child: Teacher Educator Institute, 2nd Year

  • VESC, Northcentral University
    Webinar Presenter: What Every Educator Needs to Know About Trauma

  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Education Honor Society Member

  • National Society of Leadership and Success Member

  • Council for Exceptional Children
    Blogger: Trauma-Informed Practices: What Educators Need to Know

  • California Council on Teacher Education Spring 2022 Research Monograph, Article Published:
    Infusing Trauma-Sensitive Lenses into Teacher Preparation Programs

  • California Council on Teacher Education 2022 SPAN Conference, 
    Roundtable Presenter: Infusing Teacher Preparation Programs with Trauma-Informed Lenses

  • High School Special Education Teacher 

    • “Outstanding Performance Award” 2010

    • “Teacher of the Year” 2010

  • Mild/Moderate Credential 

  • CLAD Credential

  • SJSU Certification- Education Practices for Alternative Settings & Institutional Settings

  • Special Education Paraeducator

  • YWCA: Domestic Violence Training 

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The Truth Behind the Knowledge

  • History of Multigenerational Trauma, Disorganized Attachment, Structural Dissociation, and Complex, Chronic, and Acute Trauma 

  • Removed from home at 15 into short-term mental health facilities, group homes, foster homes, and long-term residential institutions.

  • Working and living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • A deep and abiding responsibility to those who were lost, whose voices were forever silenced.

  • An educational, personal, and professional life spent building evidence to support and extend my instinctual work regarding effective practices for educating youth experiencing multiple levels of trauma.

  •  A deliberate broadening of my education to include research in disciplines impacting educational practice such as neurobiology, epigenetics, developmental psychology and systems theories, resilience, critical theory, cultural anthropology, and trauma research.

  • A lifetime spent furthering my education and collaborating with others to find effective, viable early education trauma prevention methods to alter the landscape of special education

Trauma is not a disability or pathological illness.

Early intervention can prevent a child from developing either.

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