CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
Children who experience trauma face numerous difficulties, including negative impact on brain development and struggles with their educational experiences and their ability to learn, and school professionals play a vital role in protecting these young people and helping them overcome the obstacles they have faced. This continuing education course, developed using information from the State of Tasmania Department of Education, was developed to equip schools and other educational settings to better meet the needs of all learners who have experienced trauma and the significant disruption and disadvantage that it creates. Key messages and pointers for classroom practice, actions for leaders, teachers, professional support staff and external services, and conversation starters to initiate rich discussion in staff meetings for those who work with trauma survivors are presented.
1. Define trauma, describe the body’s reaction to it, and differentiate between simple, complex, and developmental trauma.
2. Identify key messages and actions for leaders, teachers, professional support staff and external services as they work to understand trauma and help students.
3. Discuss educators’ primary role in reducing potential harm to learners experiencing ongoing trauma and how they can advocate for the learners’ developmental needs, growth and learning success.
4. Describe specific trauma informed strategies and potential barriers to student engagement.
5. Evaluate ways that community members can come together to ensure the safety and protection of children and young people and support children who are in out-of-home care.
6. Outline the components of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and how it can be used as a framework for organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions for enhanced student academic and well-being outcomes.
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