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

NEW: 'Clinic' with Marie Delaney
Thursday 2nd December 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 drop in to a monthly clinic to discuss the case that is concerning you and get expert advise and practical techniques to apply immediately in your classroom. 
ADVANCED WEBINAR: A trauma responsive approach to bullying
Thursday 14th October 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Price: €40 | FREE or €25 for members (depending on membership level)

Bullying of all kinds can be difficult for schools to deal with – particularly when trying to work with the student being bullied and the student who is the bully. Bullying can affect individual students and whole groups of students. This webinar will look at a trauma responsive approach to understanding and dealing with bullying, from whole school approaches to working with individual children and young people.

This advanced webinar will be more useful to those who have attended an introductory webinar or training course already.
ADVANCED WEBINAR: The foster child in school
Tuesday 16th November 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Price: €40 | FREE or €25 for members (depending on membership level)

School can be challenging for children in the care system. Often they have moved school several times and may have missed out on important years of their education. Their academic and social skills can be affected. This webinar will look at the issues that children in care face in school, ways to understand the impact of trauma and loss on learning and behaviour and practical ways in which school staff can help.

This advanced webinar will be more useful to those who have attended an introductory webinar or training course already.
ADVANCED WEBINAR: Trauma informed transitions and endings
Tuesday 16th November 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Price: €40 | FREE or €25 for members (depending on membership level)

Transitions, endings and changes can be difficult for all children, but they are particularly challenging for children and young people who have been affected by trauma and/or poor early years attachment. These students may find it difficult to change from one activity to another, from structured time in school to unstructured activities, from one year group to another and of course, from primary to post-primary. They often find the end of term very unsettling and can exhibit distressed behaviour around endings. This webinar will look at transitions and endings through a trauma-informed lens and suggest practical ways in which school staff can help these students to manage all types of transitions.

This advanced webinar will be more useful to those who have attended an introductory webinar or training course already.

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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Fantastic to see examples of Trauma Responsive Education in action. Excited to be part of this journey in Cork working towards becoming a #traumasensitivecity @corkcitycouncil were delighted to sponsor this pilot programme through #SEEP and RAPID in partnership with @TraumaRespEd

So proud of the staff @StAudoensNS & @StMaryontheHill & all the other schools who have taken part in our training this year. You ARE making a difference.Your pupils DO notice. Keep going! @mariedelaney1 @corkcitycouncil @meara_sandra @ingridoriordan @eilish_meagher @maurafennessy

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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