How to approach trauma in the classroom

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Quick summary: Learn how to talk to, teach, and care for a student who is showing the impacts of trauma.

For more information, check out the course brochure.

Year Level: Primary and Secondary

Topics: Trauma, Care, Professional Practice, Classroom Management

Course Time: 2 hours


In this course, you will learn:

  • What constitutes trauma
  • The impacts of trauma on a child’s physical, cognitive, behavioural, and social development
  • What to be aware of in the classroom from students who may have been exposed to a potentially traumatic event
  • How to talk to, teach, and care for a student who is showing the impacts of having been exposed to a potentially traumatic event


This course will take approximately two hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
4.4 Ensure students’ well-being and safety within school by implementing school and/ or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.


This program has been approved for accreditation within the ACT for 2023.
Please be advised you will be accredited within 14 days of completion.  



Michelle Roberts is a psychologist, teacher and child disaster consultant.

Starting her teaching career at a school impacted directly by the Ash Wednesday bushfires, Michelle has continued to work in the field of children, schools, emergencies, critical incidents and trauma.

In 2010 Michelle was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore school-based trauma mitigation and intervention strategies.

Michelle is the current Director and a founding member of The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN) based at the Australia National University.

Michelle has responded to disasters occurring both nationally and internationally across a range of events, working with both government and non-government agencies and has provided support, and participated in research, delivering training, and advice in relation to children and young people, trauma, adversity and disasters with Departments of Education, Headspace, Red Cross and UNICEF, Emerging Minds, University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience.

Jarryd Bendall comes from a long line of teachers, which is why he initially avoided this calling. After a myriad of roles in law, medicine, used car sales, and as the mascot for the Western Bulldogs AFL team, Jarryd eventually taught primary school for a number of years, before combining his love for writing and education at an Education Specialist role with Cool. This role sees him as a bridge between knowledgeable industry experts and classroom teachers, bringing excellence into the classroom and challenging the average curriculum with innovative and effective ideas.

Jarryd will be on hand to answer any questions and help you navigate this course.


With Thanks to Our Partners


Minderoo Foundation is independent, forward-thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. We are proudly Australian, and one of Asia’s largest philanthropies, with AUD $2 billion committed to a range of global initiatives.




As a not-for-profit organisation, all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

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