Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) Training for Schools

In response to increasing community concern over the incidences of bullying and self harm among young people, Heal for Life has designed training to help understand the underlying cause of these behaviours as well as providing strategies to best manage them.  Having worked with enormous success for many years with severely traumatised children from the ages of eight years and upwards the Heal for Life Foundation is well placed to offer these modules to schools.

Many trauma survivors have particular vulnerabilities and/or triggers that may be exacerbated by traditional classroom management styles and structures inherent in the educational system.  It is now widely recognised the vast majority of students who display disruptive behaviours have suffered from some form of childhood trauma.  This requires taking a different approach to help these children and adolescents.

The Heal for Life Foundation has designed highly flexible learning modules that can be adapted to suit the individual requirements of the school. Training can be delivered in a series of two or three hour sessions or more intensively in a full day workshop. Trauma Informed Practice training looks at the physiological impact trauma has on the developing brain and focuses on the responses and behaviours evident in children and adolescents that have experienced childhood trauma. This training introduces a new and proven approach to changing their challenging and disruptive behaviours. This approach has been highly effective in promoting change. Our training team presents from the perspectives of the parent of an abused child, a teacher with 30 years classroom experience, a child counsellor and a Trauma Informed Practice practitioner with more than 15 years experience.

Trauma can be defined as any experience perceived as life threatening. What is perceived as life threatening changes through age and developmental phases.  Trauma encompasses a huge range of human experience from the more recognised concerns of emotional, physical and sexual abuse to the sudden or violent loss of a parent, primary caregiver or sibling, being in or witnessing a serious car accident, experiencing domestic violence, witnessing other violent events and natural disasters just to name a few.

Possible symptoms of trauma include:


The student may demonstrate poor verbal skills, poor memory, difficulty in focusing, poor concentration, development of learning difficulties and poor skill development.


Excessive anger, bullying, attention seeking through both positive and negative behaviour, exhibits regressive behavior, exhibits aggressive behaviour, verbally abusive, screams or cries excessively, startles easily, daydreams, unable to trust others or make friends, separation anxiety, shows irritabilty, sadness, anxiety as well as fearful and avoidant behaviour.


Poor appetite, low weight, digestive problems, experiences headaches and stomach aches, bed wetting, poor sleep habits and nightmares.

Workshop participant outcomes:

Upon completion participants will be able to

  • identify behavioural problems caused by childhood trauma and apply strategies to engage with the student to change these behaviours.
  • recognise the signs of childhood trauma that may be impacting on classroom behaviour.
  • put into practice the 10 Principles of Trauma Informed Practice for the most effective engagement with students who have suffered from trauma to produce better outcomes for both student and teacher.
  • understand Trauma Informed Practice is a model of empowerment and know how to empower the student to take responsibility for themselves
  • recognise differences between the adult and teenage brain and how this impacts on behaviour and successful approaches with challenging teenagers.
  • recognise basic attachment styles in their students and the way this is affecting their relationships (additional module).
  • explain the basic different ego states and how this impacts on behaviour (additional module).

More Information

To learn more contact our Training Coordinator Jo at training@healforlife.com.au or call the office on 02 4998 6003.

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