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Jessica Sinarski


Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH is a highly sought-after therapist, speaker, and change-maker. Weaving user-friendly brain science into everything she does, Jessica ignites both passion and know-how in audiences. Extensive post-graduate training and 15+ years as a clinician and educator led her to create the resource and training platform BraveBrains. She partners with school districts and child welfare agencies around the world to unlock resilience in children and adults alike.

Jessica makes social emotional learning (SEL) practical, equipping parents and professionals with deeply trauma-informed tools. She is the author of the award-winning Riley the Brave series, Your Magic Backpack series, Your Amazing Brain, and Light Up the Learning Brain. She also shares her expertise as a contributor to magazines, blogs, and podcasts. Jessica lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three busy boys.

Jessica's Keynote Sessions

“Trauma-informed” has become a buzzword in education, often leaving teachers with more questions than answers. Discover the hopeful side of neuroscience, with plenty of user-friendly applications for all ages. Participants will practice a variety of brain-building strategies to unlock hidden potential in students and staff.

All behavior comes from the brain. It’s not reductionist, it’s reality. The question is…what does that mean for you? How can you harness the latest neuroscience research to improve the world of education? How do you reach even the most dysregulated students? How do you keep your cool along the way? Join award-winning author Jessica Sinarski on an illustrated journey to answer these questions and more, with tools to bring the learning back to your entire school community.

Jessica's Pre-Conference Sessions

This lively session will take a fresh look at the root of “bad behavior” – in students AND staff – and the brain processes involved. Participants will discover new tools based on the latest neuroscience to increase learning opportunities, reduce negative behavior, and improve school culture. Whether you’re a brain novice or well-versed in research about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the brain, you won’t want to miss this hope-filled learning experience.

This popular half-day workshop can stand alone or go further with a train-the-trainer series.

The weight of stress and trauma can have a lasting impact on students and staff! Take some time to dig into your metaphorical backpack and set aside the “books” you’re not meant to carry. Participants will practice concrete resilience-building strategies to lighten the load. Bring the experience back to your school community with adaptations for all ages!

(1-3 hours)

Jessica's Beakout Sessions

Feeling flummoxed by students’ poor choices? Baffled by bad behavior? Get back to basics with this trauma-sensitive 3-step plan. Learn what self-regulation is (and isn’t), how to teach it, and simple ways to practice this important skill in the classroom and beyond.

Give your brain the boost it needs in this experiential workshop. Trauma expert Jessica Sinarski gently guides participants through self-reflective exercises, helping you befriend your nervous system. Feel the difference in mind, body, and soul as you understand what is really happening inside, why it matters, and what you can do about it.

With stress levels at an all-time high, educators need quick tools for self-regulation. Take some time to fill your tank with this refreshing workshop and leave with practical tools for quickly calming mind and body. Participants will practice over 10 different activities for reducing dysregulation in both self and students. We will wrap up with a personalized plan for incorporating brain-boosting habits into hectic daily life.

The human brain processes 11 million bits of information every second, which come in through our eight (not five) senses. Neurodivergence and trauma can bias the brain toward quick, defensive reactions to all that sensory input, leading to frustrating behaviors and learning disruptions. This workshop provides eye-opening sensory basics in a kid-friendly format with practical takeaways for integrating into the school setting.

Yelling, fighting, or silent rage…Anger is a BIG feeling, and it has something to teach us if we can slow down enough to listen. Let’s get practical in this hands-on workshop designed to help you tame your triggers. Gain tools for understanding what is underneath this primal, protective emotion so you can keep your thinking brain in charge and teach your students how to do the same.