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College of Education

Educational Neuroscience Symposium

Join us for the virtual Fall Symposium on September 19, 2020. 

The Fall 2020 Educational Neuroscience Symposium will focus on trauma adversity of students with an emphasis of children and youth in foster care and and for parents and educators working with foster care children and students. In this symposium, speakers Scott LePor, D.O., Juliette King, and Dr. Lori Desautels address “Building the Capacity for Resiliency Through Trauma and Adversity” as well as COVID-19 and its effects on children and families. We will share practices and strategies to integrate to counter and mitigate the conditions of chronic unpredictability, isolation, and emotional and physical restraint. 

With registration, you will have the option to receive one or two books.  In lieu of lunch, which is offered with the face to face conference, we will offer a choice of one book: "Connections Over Compliance, Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline," Dr. Lori Desautels' new book, or "Trauma Through a Child's Eyes" by Peter Levine. If you register at the $125 rate, you will receive both books!  Due to COVID-19 and shipping delays, books may not be delivered before the symposium for any registrations after August 19, 2020.

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Kids Count Therapy: Pediatric therapy and behavioral services

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Building the Capacity for Resiliency Through Trauma and Adversity

Scott LePor, D.O.  |  The Most Important Factor in Successful Caregiving

Sharing his personal story of adoption, Scott will open his presentation as he reviews with the audience what the science has shown over and over, that the most important factor in successful caregiving, is the caregiver making sense of their own past.  Scott will delve briefly into attachment theory and how this applies with our connections and attachments to others. Therefore, successful caregiving is not just using a model to change someone else, one must first make sense of who they are and change those areas within them that prevent them from connecting with those in need in a trust based way.

Juliet King  |  Art as Regulator: The science of artistic expression and its value in the classroom

A neuroscientific approach has shown that the art making process can make a profound impact on psychological and physical health. In the classroom, both spontaneous and structured art making becomes a powerful communication tool that has the potential to reactivate positive emotions and serve as a vehicle to externalize difficult thoughts and feelings. Art making assists in self-regulation and ameliorates heightened arousal responses that accompany the developing brain and nervous system of traumatized children. This talk will review the science that underscores the value of the arts and offer pragmatic suggestions and accessible techniques for the classroom environment.

Lori Desautels  |  The Application in Our Schools and Homes of Strategies and Practices with Troubled Youth

This presentation will address the tangible practices and brain-aligned strategies that calm the nervous system and are built into our procedures and routines. These practices are discipline procedures that build resiliency addressing the brain's  development  in our classrooms, communities and homes. 

September 19, 2020

Cost: $100, $50 Neuroscience Cohorts 1-5, $0 Butler University UG Students


Scott LePor, D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy), is a board certified family physician with training in complex developmental trauma as well as the evidence-based practice of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) which heals the brains of children with a history of complex developmental trauma. Medical Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department implementing rehabilitative "Texas Model" founded in the current neuroscience field of interpersonal neurobiology through trust-based relationships. Neuroscience advisor developing organizations with the purpose to minister to those who come from difficult backgrounds and giving them the tools to heal as well as give them the ability to nurture others.  Dr. LaPor is also a foster dad.

Juliet L. King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, is an Associate Professor of Art Therapy at The George Washington University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Prior to these appointments she has spent over 20 years as a clinician, educator and administrator.  Ms. King developed the inaugural graduate art therapy program at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN. Here her leadership spearheaded the development of over 30 internship programs in the Indianapolis community and surrounding areas. Juliet also implemented and continues to remotely oversee the first specialized Art Therapy in Neuroscience and Medicine Program at the Indiana University Neuroscience Center.  Professor King is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Translational Health Sciences with a focus on cognitive neuroscience and relational neuroaesthetics. In 2016 she edited and published a textbook: Art Therapy, Trauma and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives.

Lori Desautels, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Butler University, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. Dr. Desautels was also an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for 8 years where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium, now in its 8th year and currently sponsored by Butler University College of Education. Through these conferences and symposiums, educators, parents and the community learn to implement the tools to help our students be successful, feel a sense of purpose and connection as they walk into our classrooms. Because of her work, Dr. Desautels has been able to attract the foremost experts in the field of educational neuroscience, trauma and adversity significantly growing the conference each year.  She has created a nine-hour graduate certification at Butler University in Applied Educational Neuroscience/Brain and Trauma. This certification has grown from six graduates in its pilot year in 2016, to 70 graduate students in its third cohort. The certification is open to students around the world as it has transformed into a distance learning / hybrid format.  The Applied Educational Neuroscience Certificate, created by Dr. Desautels in 2016, is specifically designed to meet the needs of educators, counselors, and administrators who work beside children and adolescents who have, and are, experiencing adversity and trauma.

You can find Dr. Desautels work, presentation videos, and latest research at Her first book, How May I Serve You? Revelations in Education was published in March of 2012. Her second book, co-authored with educator Mr. Michael McKnight, entitled Unwritten, The Story of a Living System had been shared and used as a foundation to create curriculum across the country. Dr. Desautels third book, Eyes Are Never Quiet was published in January of 2018 and a new book, Rewiring Our Perception of Discipline will be coming in January 2021. 

Presentations | Slides and Links

Dr. Scott Lepor Presentation

Slides (PDF)

Being-With and Shark Music - Circle of Security (Slide 10)

Attachment videos of the srange situation procedure are proprietary and cannot be shared. (Slides 26,27, and 28)


Juliet King Presentation

Slides (PDF)

Dr. Lori Desautels Presentation




8:30-9:00 AM Registration
9:00-10:30 AM Scott LePor, D.O. Presentation
10:30-10:45 AM


10:45-Noon Juliet King Presentation
Noon-12:15 PM Break
12:15-1:00 PM Lori Desautels, Ph.D. Presentation and Closing

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Lori Desautels, PhD