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Children and adolescents who have suffered complex trauma are more likely to have difficulties concentrating in class, be withdrawn or disruptive to others. Complex trauma impacts the physical, emotional and social development of children and adolescents and they often have difficulties in their relationships with others. In order to minimise harm and provide support, teachers and school leaders need to respond with trauma-informed practices in their classroom or school.

This 13-hour online module expands on the optional two-hour preview course offered through FutureLearn.

Who should participate

This online module is designed for teaching staff and educational leaders who want to improve their professional practice and understand the impact of trauma and how to develop practices for students who have experienced it. It is also for health and social care workers with an interest in teaching children and adolescents affected by trauma.

For Australian educators, this course aligns with the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST):

  • 1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
  • 1.2 Understand how students learn
  • 1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
  • 3.5 Use effective classroom communication
  • 4.1 Support student participation
  • 4.3 Manage challenging behaviour
  • 4.4 Maintain student safety
  • 6 Engage in professional learning.



  • Online


4 March - 31 March 2019

This course runs for 4 weeks (approximately 3 hours per week).

Blackboard access can remain active for 2 weeks after the course.


$324.50 (inc GST)

Fees include access to online materials.

Registrations close at 11pm 18 February 2019.


For more information about the course, contact Faculty of Education events.

For more information about registration or payments queries, contact the QUTeX team.

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This course will cover the following content:

  • examine the impact of complex trauma on schooling in-depth
  • explore elements of a whole-school approach
  • explore elements for student support planning
  • share some practical strategies you can use to help with relating and emotional regulation
  • explore considerations for crisis management and disciplinary responses (e.g. suspension and exclusion from school)
  • discuss ways to open conversations and share resources about trauma-informed practices
  • develop an action plan for applying trauma-informed practices in your setting
  • share great ideas with each other.


By the end of the course, you will be equipped to:

  • identify trauma-informed practices that could minimise risk to students suffering trauma
  • discuss ways to open conversations and share resources about trauma-informed practices
  • develop an action plan for applying trauma-informed practices in a school.

You will be issued a Certificate of Attainment for 13 hours of CPD.


Dr Judith Howard

Judith is a QUT Senior Lecturer and behaviour specialist, with a career aim to assist schools adopt neuroscience-informed approach for supporting students experiencing complex trauma.


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Registration payments are required at the time of booking. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to QUTeX.

If you cancel at least ten business days before the course commences, you will receive a partial refund, ie. the total fee minus a non-refundable $100 administration fee. No registration refunds will be made after this time.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as unavailability of staff. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.


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