The Trauma Aware Educator
Understanding the Science of Childhood Trauma and Its Impact on Students
This is a online course designed to answer frequently asked questions about the foundational concepts of trauma informed practice for educators and educational leaders.
Childhood trauma affects the physical, emotional, and social development of children and adolescents. In order to minimise harm, teachers and school leaders need to respond appropriately using trauma-informed practices and policies.
In this course, you will:
- explore the impact of trauma on students and
- understand the neuroscience behind the behaviours presented by students who have experienced complex trauma
This course is a primer for the Trauma Informed Positive Behaviour Support (TIPBS) online course and is suitable for teaching staff and education leaders who want to improve their professional practice, and is relevant to most school contexts worldwide. It may also be of interest to health and social care workers.
Dr Kay Ayre is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education at the University of Southern Queensland where she has been a staff member since 2014. Kay teaches diversity, behaviour management and autism spectrum disorder. Kay was awarded her Doctorate in Education in 2013, for her thesis titled “Disengaged and Disruptive: Behaviour Intervention for Boys from Year Four to Year Seven”. Kay’s areas of interests include: helping teachers develop and maintain positive, inclusive classrooms, teacher understandings of serious disruptive behaviour, positive behaviour support and in-school coaching and collaboration. Prior to commencing work as a lecturer, Kay worked for Education Queensland for many years as a classroom teacher, deputy principal, an advisory visiting teacher in behaviour and behaviour team leader.