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Childhood trauma

Trauma-affected children can be found in any classroom and any school. In fact, one in four children experience a traumatic event before they turn three years old (Child, J. 2017). Trauma impacts development, behaviour and learning.

Why this course is for you

This short course is an ideal introduction to childhood trauma for all educators including parents, carers and youth workers. Providing effective support for children and young people affected by trauma begins with educators who are trauma-informed. By building your understanding and knowledge you have a better chance of making a positive difference.

Course overview

The course is entirely online and self-paced, taking approximately 9 hours to complete. Enrol at anytime!. You may also choose to complete and Assessment for Credit.

The key areas covered in this course are:

  • Defining what trauma is
  • Types of trauma
  • Types of child abuse and neglect
  • The possible impacts that trauma can have on children

About the facilitator

Dr Kay Ayre is a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies in the School of Education, Edith Cowan University. Kay is a behaviour support specialist with a background in early years teaching and trauma-informed behaviour support.

Cost and inclusions

  • $161 to undertake the course which includes all reading materials, case studies and online activities
  • An additional $478 if you choose to complete an Assessment for Credit
  • 10% discount is offered to ECU alumni and for multiple bookings from the same organisation. Contact to obtain a discount coupon prior to using the online payment system and to obtain an invoice for group bookings.

Start date

Fully online


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Further Information

For more information or if you qualify for the ECU alumni discount contact us at

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