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

Trauma and the body: The Occupational Therapy approach to dysregulation in schools
Tuesday 28th February 2023
4.00pm - 5.30pm

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

With special guest speaker, Padraig Danaher, The OT Coach, an Occupational Therapist, social worker and expert in infant, child and parent mental health, with a Masters in Positive & Coaching Psychology

Don't miss the opportunity to attend a unique webinar on the lifelong effects of trauma on emotional, behavioural, and physical health. The content includes: the window of tolerance, hyperarousal and dissociation, sensory systems, co-regulation and play-based activities, all explored through the lens of an occupational therapist, while bringing to light basic principles related to trauma and trauma-informed approaches. 
Trauma and the body: The Occupational Therapy approach to dysregulation in schools
Wednesday 19th April 2023
4.00pm - 5.30pm

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

With special guest speaker, Brenda Roche of Libra Coaching

More information coming soon.
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.
Becoming a trauma responsive educator

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.

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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RP like trauma informed practice needs to be embedded in whole school work and often involves a reset of mindset. Our work at is all about improving pupil voice and real collaboration @TraumaRespEd

@anna_dalloway @Hanifkureishi Yes @anna_dalloway we know that reading stories ,thinking or talking about the characters and writing stories can be a way to explore feelings and events in a safe third person metaphor. Will be offering training on this soon for school staff @TraumaRespEd

Energising staff training sessions this week with schools from Cork, Limerick, Wicklow & Tipperary to name a few.

The number of schools in Ireland willing to put the work in to become #traumainformed is growing❤️👏
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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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