Trauma Teacher Training


Workshop Aim:

To equip teachers with an understanding of the role of Trauma in Mental Health, and deliver useable strategies to create psychological and emotional safety in the classroom.



Workshop Objectives:

Teachers will leave the Workshop with an understanding of the following:


  • What trauma is and how to recognise it in a child.

  • The role of the Autonomic Nervous System in regulating a child.

  • Behaviour, coping mechanisms and their adaptive protective purpose.

  • How to implement strategies in the classroom to create psychological safety, choice, empowerment and growth.

"Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering.”

– Peter Levine

Parent Keynotes

If your school would be interested in hosting a Trauma-informed Keynote, for a fundraising event. Please call to discuss.  

Not one parent or teacher has ever come to me, without asking for actual tools that create change when working with trauma!

Teachers need strategies to work with trauma in the classroom! They need a supportive environment where not only do they feel safe, but so too do their students.


Teenage Toolbox offers Trauma-Informed Teacher-only-day Training Workshops.

It also delivers Keynotes for parents.

Is Teacher Training for your School?

  • Do your teachers know how to respond when they discover a child has self-harmed in their class?


  • Do they recognise what a traumatised child needs to make their environment safe?


  • How do your teachers manage dissociation or ADHD in their class?

  • Do you have a safety plan for students who have lost a parent, had major surgery, witnessed domestic violence, or lived through the separation or divorce of their parents?

  • Do you exclude or stand down students into professional trauma support?

Tragically after years of training in University, most teachers don't study a single paper on trauma! Interestingly, nor do most counsellors, clinicians or social workers. We are doing our kids a disservice! 

The Problem

While schools recognise the need for a child to rest, heal and recover from physical trauma, they often place unrealistic demands on students in psychological trauma by expecting them to integrate into a school environment without the necessary coping skills, safety or support. In addition, although kids with anaphylaxis, a physical impairment or nut allergy have safety plans at school, most schools don't have the same for a child that suffers PTSD.


This exasperates the long-term negative impact on our student's mental health, behaviour, relationships, and learning. In addition, the lack of safety causes disruption in class, dysregulation in other students, and stress for the teacher involved.


The Solution

What's needed is an integrative approach to mental health, where we recognise that underlying all behaviour is a protective survival adaptation. When we do so we can start to not only become aware of behaviour triggers and coping mechanisms but also focus on releasing trauma so students can thrive.


Through resourcing teachers and educators with trauma-informed strategies, we help create safety in the class, empower individuals to heal, and remove the shame and stigma associated with childhood abuse, deprivation, addiction and behavioural disorders.