• Back to School- Five survival tips for professionals embarking on vocational study.

    As I embark on a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, I prepare for a busy year of juggling a full time job, tending to my hectic family life with two little girls, a husband and a cat. Never mind my busy social life and love of travel… am I crazy? Two years ago, when I graduated from a Masters Degree in Social Work I swore - no more study for me! So how did I find myself eagerly awaiting a reading list for block 1?

  • The Trauma of Separation and Divorce

    It is easy to underestimate the impact of family arguments, parental separation, the leaving of one parent from the family home, the disconnection in relationships, the challenges extended family have when perhaps being prevented from seeing a child/young person due to parental acrimony and the interconnected effect these can have on children.  

  • Introducing School Services Program Part 1

    In late 2016, The Australian Childhood Foundation introduced a new program to its organisational structure – the Schools Services Program. The SSP was established as a result of the growing demand within the Education sector:  individual schools, regional areas and at a departmental level to become Trauma Sensitive environments.
  • Permission to Nurture

    Hear from guest blogger and Behaviour Education Consultant, Michael Lincoln, as he shares how the introduction of trauma informed frameworks created permission to nurture for staff in schools. 

  • Care for children - Compassion for self

    Changing the narratives, the beliefs about identity and relationships that traumatised children have learnt is hard work.  It takes time and repetition (just as forming the problematic narratives and beliefs did) and the opportunity to do so in healthy, attuned relationships.

  • Schools as Service Providers

    Guest blogger, registered psychologist and school counsellor Deborah Costa shares her model around Trauma Informed systems and services for school as service providers.
  • Running Away... to School.

    How do we help our students feel safe? The start of the new school year is upon us, and Alexa Duke explores the implications of current research on bringing about a sense of safety and calm in our classrooms. 

  • School Bullying Trauma - An Overview

    Although most schools try to reduce bullying, one in five children still experience bullying. Omitted from the DSM V, school bullying can cause biopsychosocial injuries, loss of identity and social connections together with a potential for suicidal behaviours, and is a major childhood challenge writes guest blogger, Evelyn Fields OAM.

  • Engaging Traumatised Parents in the School Environment

    For many of us, school holds fond memories but for others, school holds many triggers for trauma – the oval where they were bullied, the corridor where they were physically assaulted, the classroom where they were often publicly humiliated, the sting and the shame of corporal punishment, the principal’s office where they were frequently suspended. And I wonder if we, as educators, have ever stopped to walk through the school gates in the shoes of our most vulnerable parents?