Trauma Responsive Education - Making SPACE for Learning

What is this training about?


This one day workshop provides an overview of the Making SPACE for learning framework and incorporates exploration of the areas of:

  • The neurobiology of complex relational and developmental trauma
  • How trauma impacts children and young people’s brain, body, memory, emotions, relationships, behaviour and capacity to learn
  • Responses to traumatised children and young people within education settings
  • Exploration of activities and strategies that can help heal the impacts of trauma to enable improved behavioural and cognitive capacity

The Australian Childhood Foundation has been working with schools across Australia for the past fifteen years with the aim of enhancing trauma responsive practices for children and young people.

This work has enhanced the capacity of schools and other education environments to meet the needs of children and young people who have experienced trauma, significant disruption and disadvantage.

What will you learn?


By attending this workshop you will:

  • Develop an understanding of brain development through childhood and adolescence,
  • Understand the way that trauma affects brain architecture and functioning,
  • Identify ways that trauma shapes memory states, learning and cognitive capacities, behaviour, relationships and emotional experiences,
  • Develop creative approaches to enable children and young people to communicate and begin to process their experiences of trauma,
  • Explore a variety of strategies to put to immediate use in the classroom to benefit all students, and
  • Ground your trauma responsive practice in an overall wellbeing framework – for students and for staff.


Prior to the workshop, you might be interested in downloading our free resource – the Making SPACE for learning booklet, available by clicking here.

What difference will this make to your practice?


This training will effectively enable those working in education settings to understand how to meet the needs of students who have experienced trauma and the impacts of these experiences on their emotional, psychological and behavioural functioning, which in turn, impacts on their ability to learn and manage social relationships within the school environment.


We can come to you


We are always happy to discuss partnership approaches with individual sites, clusters, regions and departments to build the capacity of educators to respond most effectively to children and young people who have experienced abuse, violence, trauma, disadvantage or other adversity.

Building a common knowledge base, as well as providing practical strategies and examples of positive outcomes through a professional development program is always an excellent first step.  This can be done through customised online learning programs and/or tailored face to face training.

We can then tailor a more comprehensive developmental framework to follow this initial learning opportunity.  The framework activities can include additional training, reflective practice forums, staff wellbeing programs, action research projects – putting theory into practice and other individualised approaches as best meet your needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs as an individual educator, Principal or other leader, district or regional wellbeing coordinator or departmental representative.