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Over four weeks, you will examine how to apply trauma-aware practices at a classroom and whole-school level.

Complex trauma affects the physical, emotional, and social development of children and adolescents. In order to minimise harm, teachers and school leaders need to respond appropriately using trauma-informed practices and policies.

In this course, you’ll:

  • explore the impact of trauma on particular students and those who support them
  • understand the neuroscience behind the behaviours presented by students who have experienced complex trauma
  • learn how to apply trauma-informed strategies and policies that will minimise the risk to students and staff at your school.

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

Who should participate

This course is designed for teaching staff and education leaders who want to improve their professional practice, and is relevant to most school contexts worldwide. It may also be of interest to health and social care workers.

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


22 October - 18 November 2018

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 5pm Sunday 7 October 2018.


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

For all registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.

Registrations are closed. Register your interest for future courses.


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.

Register your interest

Registrations are closed. Register your interest for future courses.

Register your interest

Email Continuing Professional Education to register your interest for future courses, and we'll contact you when dates are confirmed and registrations open.


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.


If you want to cancel your registration, email Continuing Professional Education at least ten business days before the workshop.

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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