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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development - Addressing Healthy Boundaries for Students with Significant Support Needs

Addressing Healthy Boundaries for Students with Significant Support Needs

Audience: Educators | Topic: Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

Webinar format. Addressing Healthy Boundaries for Students with Significant Support Needs
Webinar format

Embedding the education of empowerment, relationships, and boundaries into practice

Facilitators Trude E. Burnett, M.A.Ed. and Jennifer Harris, MSE; guide you through your own values and bias in order to comfortably and effectively teach students the hows and whys of healthy relationships and boundaries in a two part webinar series.


Day 1

May 19th 3:00-5:30pm MST

Participants will gain a deep understanding of the critical importance of teaching the topic of relationships and boundaries. Identify your own values and bias to think critically how this impacts your ability to discuss boundaries and relationships with students. Explore the practices in your classroom to see if you are setting up students for successful relationships – or confusing signals of false friendship. Participants will also have an introduction to the types of boundaries and how they are formed.

Day 2

May 20th 3:00-5:30pm MST

Participants will build off of Day 1 topics and put to practical use. You will learn how to turn the more abstract nuances of relationships and boundaries into concrete talking points and teachable moments. Learn anticipatory intervention techniques for common behavior deemed sexualized. Participants will also walk away with a clear plan on how to create a learning environment that supports healthy boundaries and relationships for students with significant Support Needs.

Training Expectations:

Full attendance of both sessions is a requirement. Please do not sign up for this training events if you cannot commit to the full two and a half hours of each day of training.


Each participant must register separately. When registering, please indicate if you require accommodations no later than May 5, 2021.

The registration will close on May 5th, confirmations will be sent. Registration does not guarantee confirmation as space is limited.

About the Facilitators

Trude E. Burnett, M.A.Ed.

Trude Burnett, M.A.Ed - with more than 30 years of experience working with students with disabilities in both the inner city and rural settings, Trude's passion is educating and advocating for students with significant disabilities of all levels to be as independent as possible. As an Elevatus trained Special Education Instructional Coach she has the opportunity to impact multiple levels of educators, parents, & guardians to help our students build and maintain positive relationships for life.

Jennifer Harris, MSE

Jennifer Harris is the Education Specialist at the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In this role she has provided support for over 700 unique patients with Down syndrome, run Healthy Relationships groups for patients and parent. She has also presented locally and internationally to parents, and caregivers.


Event Date and Time

  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021 -
    3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 -
    3:00pm to 5:30pm



Contact Information

Gina Herrera


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