Teaching Students Affected by Trauma

A greater numbers of children who have experienced abuse, neglect and victims of household dysfunction are entering our childcare centres, preschools, schools and community settings. In the brains of children who have experienced such traumatic events, neural pathways associated with fear and survival responses are strongly developed. The research shows that consumed by fear, these children find it difficult to achieve a state of calmness that would allow them to learn, grow and develop (Perry, 2004; Schore, 2001; Stein & Kendall, 2004). This practical and interactive workshop aims to develop an understanding so that people supporting them can adapt their teaching practices to promote a sense of safety, build trust and address their needs. This course will contribute to 5 hours of ACT Teacher Quality Institute Registered PD addressing 1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 and 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in ACT. This course will also contribute to 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2 and 4.4.2 and 6.2.2. from the Australian Professional Standards for maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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