Trauma Responsive 
Supporting teachers to improve educational outcomes for all children
Trauma can happen following any terrible or life-threatening event or sequence of events and we now understand more about its impact on the brain’s ability to engage in learning. Children and young people who have experienced trauma often struggle to concentrate in school, can be seen as disruptive in class, or simply find learning difficult.

We are a social enterprise committed to supporting teaching staff to build safe learning environments, attuned to the needs of children who have experienced trauma and adversity

Services for teachers and schools

We offer a range of training and consultancy services to teaching staff and schools, which aim to support educators in improving educational outcomes for all children. Talk to us about a complete package for your school

What we do

Upcoming Events

Q&A Session with Anne Marie Quilligan
The experience of school for Traveller children and their families
Thursday 8th September 2022 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Price: €40 | FREE or €25 for members (depending on membership level)

With special guest speaker, Anne Marie Quilligan, Social Care worker, Researcher & member of the Traveller history & culture expert assement group for the NCCA
This informal Q&A session will look at the difficulties Traveller children and their families have at school through the trauma-informed lens and in particular the impact of trauma passed through generations.

This is an excellent opportunity to have a trauma-informed discussion around issues affecting Travellers in education. 
Becoming a trauma responsive educator
FREE information session for principals:
Wednesday 7th September 2022 11.00am-11.45am
OR Monday 12th September 2022 9.30am - 10.15am

FREE information session | Contact us for 5-day course fees

Are you concerned about students in your classroom who have been impacted by trauma? Do you have students who despite your best efforts are struggling to settle to learn?

We are delighted to offer our intensive “Becoming a Trauma Responsive Educator” 5-day online training programme with support from Rethink Ireland.

Training delivered by best-selling author, teacher and educational psychotherapist, Marie Delaney. There will be a strong emphasis on the practical applications of trauma theory in classrooms and ways this relates to teaching, learning and behaviour.
INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR: Trauma in the classroom. The basics
Price: €40 | FREE for members

This introductory session introduces the topic of trauma in the classroom and explains the different types of trauma that children may have experienced or may still be experiencing. We also delve into the collective trauma that everyone has experienced as a result of the pandemic and how this may show up in the classroom.

This Introductory webinar is most suited to those who are new to trauma theory and its practical application in the classroom.
NEW: 'Clinic' with Marie Delaney
Price: €59 | FREE for members

Don't miss the opportunity to attend our unique 'clinic' sessions with Marie Delaney. If there is a particular child or young person that you are struggling with in your classroom, you can now attend a monthly clinic to discuss the case that is concerning you and get expert advise and practical techniques to apply immediately in your classroom.

At Trauma Responsive Education we are a movement of like-minded professionals, connected in our desire to build trauma-responsive schools. We want to boost the resilience of children and staff, and advocate for education which is truly trauma responsive

Become a member

If you believe in our ideals, and want to make a difference for children in your classroom, join our community
As a member of Trauma Responsive Education, you will have access to the latest evidence-based training on trauma in education. In addition, you will be part of a community of like-minded professionals, who can share best practice and are all connected in their desire to build trauma-responsive schools

Services for teachers and schools

Trauma Webinar Series
Our series of webinars focus on supporting schools in developing a trauma responsive approach. They offer practical tips for educators on how they can deal with trauma amongst their students and respond effectively to enable positive educational outcomes for children. 
Training Courses
We offer the unique chance to attend in-depth training courses with Marie Delaney, based on her best selling books. Each course includes a copy of the accompanying book. The first of these courses is Attachment for Teachers and will run in 2020. ‘Teaching the Unteachable’ and ‘What can I do with the kid who..’ will run in early 2021.
Trauma Informed Reflective Supervision
Staff have a need for a safe space to reflect on and process the challenges and successes of their work. This is known as supervision. In response to the growing need for staff support in schools we are offering work-based supervision for any staff member in schools. 
Whole School Audit
We offer schools the opportunity to complete a whole school audit of current practice through the trauma-informed lens. This allows schools to highlight and extend areas of good practice, choose areas for development and link trauma-responsive planning with their existing whole school development plan. 
Whole school Training (eligible for Croke Park hours)
We offer bespoke training for the whole staff group in your school on identifying those students who are showing signs of trauma in school and developing strategies to support these students. We will work with you to offer a tailor-made training to suit your school’s needs.
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Who we are

Marie Delaney
Marie is a teacher, educational psychotherapist, trainer and writer. Her teachings have inspired a generation of teachers to think outside the box and to challenge their thinking on managing behaviour. She equips teachers with practical strategies to engage all students and does it all with a sense of humour.

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Lisa McSherry
Lisa is an experienced researcher, endlessly curious, and leaves no stone unturned in her insistence on getting to the root of an issue. She has a keen interest in trauma and is fascinated by the latest trends in neuroscience and how this fits in with trauma-informed and trauma-responsive education.

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**REGISTRATION CLOSING** Fri 23rd Sep for our intensive online 5-day training programme: Becoming a Trauma Responsive Educator

Nominal fee thanks to support from @rethinkireland

A few spaces left. Contact info for details

@mariedelaney1 @IPPN_Education
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Do you want your school to become more #traumainformed?

NEW 5-day training programme starting soon.

Free info session for principals Monday at 9.30am - book here:


Training will take place during school hours so teaching cover needed

We encourage schools to apply for more than one place for their staff to support the embedding of this approach in your school.

Nominal fee for 5-day training programme thanks to support from @Rethink_Ireland

Our Principles

Collaborate & Communicate
Advocate & Aspire
Resource & Reframe
Educate & Energise
Collaboration and communication are at the core of what we do. We rely on our members to spread the word and help us to create a trauma-responsive education system.
We aspire to be a movement which can truly change things for the better and advocate at all levels for children who have experienced trauma and adversity in life.
We aim to resource educators with the skills they need to recognise and reframe trauma in their classrooms.
Education is at the heart of our social enterprise. But we also want to energise teachers to do this work. You can do it!

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