Shannon Barr

Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions training Coordinator

Hello, friends! My name is Shannon, I use they/them pronouns, and I’m so excited to be part of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships to coordinate the rollout of Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions training. I have a variety of experience in early childhood education, elementary education, and higher education. For the past 9 years, I’ve been working in higher education doing academic advising, career advising, and civic leadership with a lens of holistic student support. While I do have my Master’s in Counseling from UNC-Greensboro, my interest in trauma-informed care and de-escalation strategies has grown primarily through my direct work with first year college students. I was having frequent conversations with them about impactful life events and difficulty with big transitions, and I heard how often they felt unheard, misunderstood, or isolated. During COVID, I realized how heavily I was relying on my knowledge of trauma-informed care, co-regulation and de-escalation strategies to show up for students in the way that they needed me and to. I know that lives can be changed, saved, and transformed when people are met with the type of care they need in the moment they need it, and I look forward to playing a part in helping professionals expand their care toolbox so they feel more confident doing the same.