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

NEW 'CLINIC' DATE: 
Members advisory clinic with Marie Delaney
Thursday 30th March 2023
11.00am - 12.00pm

Price: FREE for members


Are you concerned about a particular child or young person that you work with?

We are delighted to announce a new members' 'clinic' date with best-selling author, teacher and educational psychotherapist, Marie Delaney. This is a huge opportunity for teaching staff to come and discuss particular children or cases that you are struggling with.

You will receive expert advice and support, and get help in selecting and applying practical solutions to re-engage these children and young people in learning.

Our clinics are for our members only and are more useful to those who already have a good understanding of trauma theory, or who have worked with Marie previously.
NEW WEBINAR:Managing anxiety and promoting a calm classroom
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 & Training Services, a Positive Psychology Coach, Counsellor, Mindfulness Teacher, & Clinical Supervisor with expertise in teaching resilience, and developing tailored stress management techniques for individuals and teams.

According to the WHO, anxiety and depression have increased by 25% since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This webinar will explore anxiety and how it shows up in the classroom, sometimes in unexpected ways. We will look at evidence-based strategies for managing anxiety and creating a calm classroom.
The content includes: common signs and symptoms of anxiety, triggers that can make students more anxious, awareness and non-judgement around difficult emotions, understanding unhelpful thoughts and how they increase anxiety, and simple practical tips for educators to create calm in the classroom.
5-DAY INTENSIVE ONLINE TRAINING COURSE:
Becoming a trauma responsive educator
DATES NOW CONFIRMED
STARTS 27th April 2023

Price: 
€750 per person | member discounts
Special 3 for 2 offer

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.

This year we are also running an optional Day 6 workshop entitled: 'Trauma informed Nurture Group Provision'. This workshop can be taken as Day 6 of our 5-day intensive Becoming a Trauma Responsive Educator training programme or as a standalone workshop.

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.
WORKSHOP:A Trauma Responsive Approach to Nurture Groups
Thursday 1st June 2023
10.00am - 3.00pm

Price: €150 per person | €100 for members | Group discounts available

Do you have a Nurture Group at your school or are you planning to open a Nurture Group in the future? Does your staff need support around how to set up and successfully run a Nurture Group?

There are many crossovers with trauma responsive training and nurture group training. Marie Delaney has been involved in both movements for over 30 years, running and supervising nurture groups in primary and post-primary settings .

This one day training is suitable both for school staff who work in a nurture group and for those who are interested in finding out more about nurture group approaches. This workshop can be taken as Day 6 of our 5-day intensive Becoming a Trauma Responsive Educator training programme or as a standalone workshop. 

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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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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