Reconnecting to Learning - Understanding the Traumatised Child
This program is recognised as legitimate professional development by the Department of Education and Queensland College of Teachers. As such, it is appropriate to apply for release and funding through your normal school professional development processes.
When a child experiences trauma, neglect or violence, it causes fundamental changes to their developing brain. This can have a huge impact on their future success at school. It is no secret that these children often display complex behaviours and are disproportionately represented in suspensions and exclusions across our state.
This workshop aims to assist teachers and school leaders to understand the impact of trauma, and the triggers for the broad range of negative behaviours we sometimes see exhibited by these students. Throughout the day we will discuss how a school and/or teacher can develop strategies to support and re-engage students through a range of evidence-based approaches. You will hear case-studies based on the Queensland school experience and develop an understanding of small changes that can transform futures.
Rebecca Hack has 25 years of teaching and school leadership experience. She has been principal of a complex low-SES school specialising in re-engaging students who have suffered extreme trauma. Rebecca has trained with the Child Trauma Academy which is based in the USA and applied this work successfully across her school, working with many students with complex trauma related behaviours. She is also a former foster carer, specialising in complex children. Rebecca has presented training relating to trauma in multiple locations across the state, and has worked across primary, high school and special education settings, winning several teaching awards during her career.
Kellie Baldwin has completed extensive training through the Child Trauma Academy in the USA and is an accredited clinician in both NMT™ and NME™ approaches. She is an experienced educator and HOSES at Berserker Street State School, with responsibility for over 100 students. Kellie has case-managed dozens of students who grew up in extraordinarily traumatic backgrounds. Many of these children had been moved from other schools and experienced their first educational success through the programs offered by Kellie’s team. The unique programs developed by the school have changed the lives of many students.