A Step-By-Step Approach: Becoming A Trauma Informed School

Step by Step approach trauma informed

Course introduction

The becoming a trauma informed school training course is designed to provide participants with a step-by-step guide on becoming a trauma informed school. During the day, key skills and strategies will be looked at to help support students who suffer with trauma and/or mental health concerns so that they are able to engage in life and learning. Information will be given to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding around childhood trauma and how to further develop the school ethos. They will leave with reassuringly uncomplicated strategies and techniques including a whole school approach.

‘There is evidence that appropriately-trained and supported staff such as teachers, school nurses, counsellors, and teaching assistants can achieve results comparable to those achieved by trained therapists in delivering a number of interventions addressing mild to moderate mental health problems (such as anxiety, conduct disorder, substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder)’
Government’s Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ (December 2017)

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What we will cover throughout the day

  • Gain knowledge of the main facts and figures around trauma;

  • Understand the impact trauma has on a student’s learning;

  • Introduce different assessment tools to help support students;

  • Develop effective relational and conversational skills in line with trauma informed practice;

  • Look at interventions for individuals and groups;

  • Understand the impact on the whole school including approaches;

  • Unpick a trauma informed schools relationship school policy;

  • Ways to support school staff to prevent them suffering from toxic stress or experiencing secondary trauma.

Target audience

Aimed at anyone who works directly or indirectly with students and who wants to become a trauma informed school. Ideal for school-based staff including teachers, head teachers, deputy headteacher, SENCO, special education teacher, school support staff, classroom assistant, educational psychologists and pastoral care staff and pastoral lead teacher. As well as multidisciplinary teams i.e. looked after children, foster care, adoption agencies, social services.

Trainers for this course

Karen Ferguson


Karen started teaching science at a mainstream secondary school in 2000, but moved into the SEND environment, working with children and parents to help them overcome their disabilities to... give them the skills to achieve their full potential. The majority of her training was on the job, which showed the need for training in this area.

She was appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education for Autism and this allowed her to disseminate good practice and deliver training in the field of SEND. Karen offers various SEND and condition specific training, including ASC, ADHD and Dyslexia. She has continued her own professional development throughout the years including a Masters in Education, Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism and PDA formal qualifications. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Education.

Karen believes in a better understanding of SEND and complex needs can be achieved through information sharing and she is committed to ensure that education is developed and delivered to as many people as possible.

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Amazing! Highly relevant, thought provoking and informative. I feel well equipped to raise awareness of the effects of trauma and how to try and unravel things to provide relevant support.

Absolutely fabulous training! I feel totally motivated to ensure that we have trauma-based practice embedded into our school.

A fantastic course, full of ideas and ways to move forward. Loads of take away that will help me to support our most vulnerable children.


In-House Training

In-House Training

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