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 teachers 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 teachers and schools, which aim to support teachers in improving educational outcomes for all children. Talk to us about a complete package for your school

What we do

Upcoming Events

REFLECTIVE SUPERVISION: A trauma informed safe space to reflect on your work
Tuesday 23rd February 2021 7.00pm - 8.00pm 
Online via Zoom
€15 | Free for members

Working in a school can be challenging and stressful, even more so in these uncertain times. In response to the growing need for staff support in schools we are offering work-based supervision for any staff member in schools.
NEW WEBINAR: Understanding intergenerational trauma: breaking the cycle
Tuesday 9th March 2021 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Online via Zoom €35 | FREE or €25 for members (depending on membership level)

Intergenerational trauma is a psychological term used to describe the transfer of trauma from one generation to the next. A classic example would be substance abuse that causes a cycle of addiction and anxiety to persit in families. In this webinar we explore the effects of intergenerational trauma and how this type of trauma might show up in our education systems - not just amongst students but also amongst the teaching staff themselves. We will talk about the latest research on breaking these negative cycles and how these can be applied in schools. 

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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If you like my books ‘Attachment in the Classroom’ etc and Louise Bomber Heather Geddes have a look at this tool based on this thinking @TraumaRespEd @theyellowkite #traumainformed #attachmentaware https://t.co/ALAN8xLpwu

Some fantastic resources on this thread. Delighted to be part of this #traumainformed #traumaresponsive movement in Ireland @mariedelaney1 https://t.co/VdAGrqs6Ms

@DrMMcMahonEP @DrChrisMooreEP @CatrionaGolden @CiaraDalton10 @dr_treisman @catrionaotoole @sharonlambert0 @AoifeBairead @BDPerry @ChildTraumaAcad @BeaconHouseTeam @theyellowkite @gerrydiamond71 @KimSGolding @suzannezeedyk @_LisaCherry @marymered Great minds think alike! We’ve been gathering names and ideas for a “round table” discussion with all educational trauma experts in Ireland so this thread is just fantastic! @mariedelaney1

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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