Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Educational Settings
“Childhood trauma includes all forms of abuse, neglect, growing up with domestic and community violence and other forms of adverse childhood experiences. In 2014-15, 1 in 35 Australian children received child protection services." (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016). As child abuse is the least reported of all crimes, these figures underestimate the real picture of child abuse, let alone childhood trauma.
What do these figures mean for a school system? What do they mean for teachers who are often faced with the effects of trauma on a child’s capacity to learn, concentrate, and engage with peers and the school curriculum?
This one-day foundational interactive professional development training alerts school teachers and other school staff to the possibility that students may have experiences of trauma which are affecting their health, wellbeing, daily interactions and functioning.
It provides the knowledge and skills needed to better support their sensitivities and vulnerabilities, minimise re-traumatisation and enhance possibilities for engaging in an educational system.
This training encourages teachers and other school personnel to reformulate their daily work practice and to ask: “What happened to you that might be causing you to experience the world from this perspective?” Participants will return to their workplace with insights and tools which foster hope, enhance student and staff wellbeing and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation of students.
By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
- Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of trauma to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed practices
- Analyse the stress response to better understand the challenges that students face in regulating their emotions and arousal
- Use a trauma-informed lens to reframe challenging emotions and behaviours as ‘adaptive’ responses to trauma
- Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support student well being
- Engage in an audit tool to support the development of strategies for setting up a trauma informed school system.
Please note: this training is also available in a half day format. The half-day format, while informative, presents the course information in less detail and does not provide the opportunity to workshop concepts for practical application.
Material presented in the training will draw on research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery www.blueknot.org.au/guidelines
and other relevant research.