"I've just completed the course and thoroughly enjoyed it. I work as a student support officer in a year 7-12 school and so many of the examples you have talked about relate to kids I work with. This course has given me fresh ideas and strategies for when I am interacting with them. Their stories break my heart and now I have a further understanding of how their past has shaped their present"
- Chris Thompson, Student Support Officer, Bunbury, West Australia
"It is important to stay up to date to assure the children and youth get the services they deserve. This course has been so practical and useful in assisting our agency in staying in line with the top professionals of the field, in turn assisting and guiding our students through their lives. Not being Trauma Informed isn’t an option any longer – for the good of the youth and for the good of society. Thank you Dr. Ayre!"
- Alexis Goff, M.Ed, MS, QMHP, Manager, Josephine County Day Treatment and School-Based Program
Experiences of elevated, prolonged stress or trauma rock the very core of children and young people. In these circumstances, children are overwhelmed with the internal reactions that race through their brains and bodies. They do anything to survive, not because they want to but because they need to. They shut down their feelings. They push away memories of pain. They stop relying on relationships around them to protect them. They stop trusting and believing in others.
Recent research indicates that there are now more children affected by trauma than ever before:
Did know you know that:
Brains in Pain Cannot Learn
Even after the stressful or traumatic situation has passed, children’s brains and bodies continue to react as if the stress is continuing. They become self-protective. They spend a lot of their energy scanning their environment for threat. Their bodies act as if they are in a constant state of alarm. Their brains are endlessly vigilant. Traumatised and stressed children and young people have little space left for learning. Their constant state of tension and arousal can leave them unable to concentrate, pay attention, retain and recall new information. Their behaviour is often challenging in the school environment. They struggle to make positive peer relationshipsThe good news is that schools can make all the difference when they have the right tools! Teachers who are "trauma informed" can create an environment where all students, even those with significant challenges, can begin to learn and succeed socially and academically. Time that used to be wasted on reactive behavior management becomes learning time. By addressing issues at their core, behaviour problems and referrals decrease, while academic results improve!
Neuroscience, leading educational, psychological and child development research are at the core of this evidence based approach. Learn about the new science of childhood trauma and practical strategies designed specifically for educators. Learn from education leaders with over 30 years of experience who offer actionable insights to help our most vulnerable students.
At the end of the course, you will have a trauma-informed plan of practical strategies that you can use with your children.
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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.