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

INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA WEBINAR MINI-SERIES: 
Webinar 1. Understanding the impact in schools

Thursday 17th February 2022 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Price: €40 | FREE or €25 for members (depending on membership level)

With special guest speaker, Damien McNally of Wave Trauma Centre, Northern Ireland.

This webinar is one of a four-part mini-series on intergenerational trauma. It can be attended as a standalone webinar or you can attend all four webinars for a reduced price. 

This advanced webinar will be more useful to those who have attended an introductory webinar or training course already.
INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA WEBINAR MINI-SERIES: 
Webinar 2. The experience of school for Traveller children and their families

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - NEW DATE TBC
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 webinar is one of a four-part mini-series on intergenerational trauma. It can be attended as a standalone webinar or you can attend all four webinars for a reduced price.

This advanced webinar will be more useful to those who have attended an introductory webinar or training course already.
INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA WEBINAR MINI-SERIES:
Webinar 3. Working with parents and traumatised communities

Thursday 24th March 2022 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Price: €40 | FREE or €25 for members (depending on membership level)

With special guest speaker, Regina O'Sullivan, primary school leadership expert, educational disadvantage and child voice advocate, and member of leadership support team at IPPN   

This webinar is one of a four-part mini-series on intergenerational trauma. It can be attended as a standalone webinar or you can attend all four webinars for a reduced price.

This advanced webinar will be more useful to those who have attended an introductory webinar or training course already.
INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA WEBINAR MINI-SERIES:
Webinar 4. Separation and Loss

Thursday 7th April 2022 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Price: €40 | FREE or €25 for members (depending on membership level)

More information to follow. 

With special guest speaker, Damien McNally of Wave Trauma Centre, Northern Ireland.

This webinar is one of a four-part mini-series on intergenerational trauma. It can be attended as a standalone webinar or you can attend all four webinars for a reduced price.

This advanced webinar will be more useful to those who have attended an introductory webinar or training course already.
INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR: Trauma in the classroom. The basics
Wednesday 30th March 2022 4.00pm - 5.30pm
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
Thursday 31st March 2022 4.00pm - 5.30pm
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
Co-Founder
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
Co-Founder
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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Delighted to be travelling again to Erbil in Kurdistan region of Iraq to train trainers of school counsellors. Always lots to be learned about supporting students affected by trauma from people who have lived it generationally. @TraumaRespEd #traumainformed @BritishCouncil

This is a theme that has emerged in my recent research. 1 of the main barriers to implementing a trauma informed approach is lack of supervision in PP schools in Ire. Educators & young people both adversely affected in the process, esp in DEIS schools. #edchatie @Education_Ire https://t.co/hSWGclx83g

@Sinead_CollinsB @Education_Ire This is really interesting Sinéad but not surprising…. Looking forward to hearing more about your research in due course

Our Principles

C.A.R.E.
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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