School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series With Dr. Bruce Perry

Dr. Bruce Perry is offering a series of brief webinars in response to the COVID19 pandemic. They are open access! Thank you, Dr. Perry and the Neruosequential Network for your generosity of spirit during this complex time.

NN COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series 

The videos in this series with Dr. Bruce Perry are provided to view and share. We have closed captioned each video. To change captions from English to another language, select “settings” (cog at bottom right), select “Subtitles/CC” then select “Auto-translate” and finally select the language of your choice.

NN COVID Series: 1 – Patterns of Stress determine Risk & Resilience

This brief (15 min) video with Dr. Bruce Perry discusses how the pattern of stress can determine risk or resilience.  The importance of structure, predictability, and moderation of daily stress is highlighted.  The malleability of the capacity to demonstrate resilience is discussed.

NN COVID Series: 2 – Understanding State-dependent Functioning

This brief (20 min) video with Dr. Bruce Perry reviews how stress and distress change the way we think, feel and behave.  The relevance of the current pandemic is discussed.

NN COVID Series: 3 – Emotional Contagion

In this brief (20 min) video, Dr. Bruce Perry discusses ’emotional contagion’ and talks about the power of calm.  The concept of power differential is discussed in the context of human interactions and discusses the importance of calm, regulated leadership in times of stress and distress.

NN COVID Series: 4 – Sequence of Engagement

This is a brief video (20 min) describing the sequential processing of experience in the brain.  The Regulate-Relate-Reason heuristic is explained. This simple but powerful concept can help minimize miscommunication and behavioral challenges (especially with dysregulated adults and children).

NN COVID Series: 5 – Understanding Regulation

This brief video (20 min) reviews some of the basics of ‘regulation’ and helps viewers understand why a patterned, repetitive somatosensory activity is regulating.  The primary regulatory role of dissociation is also discussed.  Very basic neuroscience about stress and regulation can help viewers understand the power of intentional regulatory practices – especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

NN COVID Series: 6 – Dosing & Spacing

This video discusses elaborates on the importance of the “pattern” of stress and stress activation with a focus on the concept of ‘dosing.’  What is considered a “moderate” dose of stress – why is this important in building resilience?  And what is the power of the moment?  This video presents some important background for understanding the importance of small but powerful relational moments.

The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need

This brief, useful document is a great resource for parents.

OFFICE HOURS with Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

During “office hours,” Dr. Perry will be online and available to answer questions and for discussion. Feel free to join for any/all of the sessions that your schedule allows. Sessions will be recorded and links will be posted on this page.


Monday, April 13, 2020: Stuart Albon – CPS 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020: Bruce Perry – Adaptive Regulation: The Positive Power of Dissociation

Friday, April 17, 2020: Bruce Perry – Maladaptive Regulation: Risk from Substance Use

COVID-19 Webinars featuring Dr. Bruce Perry

Staying Sane while Parenting with Shelter-in-Place!  For parents – a conversation about the challenges for parents during this COVID-19 pandemic 



Bruce Perry, MD, PhD. Staying Emotionally Close In The Time of COVID19

Bruce Perry, MD, PhD. Staying Emotionally Close In The Time of COVID-19

How do we manage in the midst of COVID-19? I reached out to one of our field’s most inspiring figures: @BDPerry. Thanks, Dr. Perry for joining me on The Trauma Therapist Podcast at such short notice and for sharing your guidance for these crazy times.  – Guy Macpherson View a FaceBook discussion with Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Liz McIngvale and Jim “Mattress Mac” McIngvale focusing on the impact that Coronavirus has on children, families, and the community.


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