Trauma Informed Positive Behavior Support (TIPBS)

Practical & Proven Strategies for Challenging Behaviour

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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:

  • Fact: Nearly 35 million children have experienced at least one type of childhood trauma (National Survey of Children's Health)
  • Fact: Research has found that 52% of young children had experienced a traumatic stressor in their lifetime.
  • Fact: A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds (ChildHelp, 2016).

Did know you know that:

  • Traumatic stress can interfere with children’s ability to concentrate and learn. Exposure in infancy and early childhood can seriously delay development of their brains and bodies.
  • Trauma can change how children view the world and their own futures, and it can change their behavior, interests and relationships with family, friends and teachers. It can lead to school refusal, absenteeism, educational failure, acting out, school expulsion and suspension.

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 relationships

The 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.

Sign up now for life time access to:

  • Life time access to all the course content
  • Access to exclusive video lectures and instructional materials
  • Digital planning tools for you to use in your class
  • Audio visual resources - including interview with other experts in the field of trauma informed practice
  • Invitation to the Trauma Informed PBS Facebook Group community of trauma informed teachers
  • Free one-on-one coaching sessions with our experienced trainers

Ready for practical and actionable insights? Enrolments are now open.

Your Instructor

Dr. Kay Ayre
Dr. Kay Ayre

Dr Kay Ayre is a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. She has worked extensively with disengaged and disruptive children, their teachers and schools. Kay has a passion for helping build the capacity of teachers, to develop and maintain positive, inclusive classrooms with a focus on supporting children with trauma who demonstrate serious, disruptive behaviour. Her research and her teaching, focus on challenging behaviour of children with and without trauma, trauma-informed positive behaviour support, functional behaviour assessment and childhood wellbeing and resilience.

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