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Trauma and Learning: Meeting complex support needs for educators

Course Overview

Early childhood learning environments and school environments can be a struggle for the child or young person living with trauma. Struggling to think, pay attention, remember, play with others, trust and form friendships with peers and adults, every day can be exhausting and overwhelming for these children who often struggle to cope.

In this short course you will explore trauma-responsive pedagogy to promote positive interactions and assist children and young people affected by trauma to achieve better learning outcomes. Teaching troubled children and young people is difficult and can take its toll therefore attention to educator wellbeing and self-care is introduced.

Course Content

The key areas covered in this course are:

  • Trauma informed approaches and frameworks
  • Characteristics of trauma-informed learning environments
  • Secondary traumatic stress and teacher self-care

About the course creator

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.

The course is entirely online and self-paced, taking approximately 9 hours to complete.
Enrol at anytime!

Cost and inclusions

  • $199 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.
  • Contact education_shortcourses@ecu.edu.au to obtain a discount coupon prior to using the online payment system and to obtain an invoice for group bookings.
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