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Childhood trauma

Children who have experienced complex trauma resulting from neglect, abuse, violence or bring witness to violence are brave, courageous and resilient. 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 (Briggs-Gowan et al., 2010; Cummings 2017). This experience impacts development, behaviour and learning. By understanding the impact of trauma on children and young people, educators can better recognise and then respond to the unique needs and capacities of the child affected by trauma.

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. Participants will build their knowledge and understanding of the needs of the child affected by trauma and the impact that trauma may have on development, behaviour and learning. Drawing from the fields of education, psychology and neuroscience, knowledge acquisition will focus on an introduction to childhood trauma focussing on complex trauma.

Course overview

This short course provides an introduction to childhood trauma. 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.


Nil. This course is highly recommended for practising educators in schools and early childhood learning centres. A certificate will be provided on completion of this short course.

Mode and duration

This course is fully online and self-paced, taking approximately 9 hours to complete.

Cost and inclusions

  • $161 to undertake the course which includes all reading materials, case studies and online activities
  • 10% discount is offered to ECU alumni and for multiple bookings from the same organisation

Start date

Online ongoing


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Further Information

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