training in schools
Training to schools for teachers and parents, and intervention programs for children based on mindfulness programs.
Trauma in childhood and adolescence
It is important for teachers to understand the neurobiological impact and expression of trauma in children and adolescents. Psychological, emotional, and behavioural links are presented including:
- The impact of traumatic experiences on students and their classroom behaviours
- Up to date research with practical trauma informed strategies and approaches to classroom management to improve educational outcomes.
Evidence based programs
The programs provide latest research-based evidence for practices in the classroom. Knowledge and language are adapted to integrate with a specific focus on practical strategies that teachers can apply easily and effectively day-to-day. The information provided will inform teachers to confidently create safe relationships and culture in the school environment.
This information is adapted to assist in holding conversations with parents to create shared strategies and language across both the home and school environments.
The role of mindfulness
Mindfulness approaches with students in the classroom have shown to be the most effective to complement other strategies, optimising learning through reducing physiological reactions, improving concentration and task orientation with minimal redirection and class disruption.
To set the stage we spent our three day yearly retreat together in sharing, reflection and appreciation. At each of our retreats we start with reflection on our values- are they still relevant, are they a part of our clients journey and do we refer to them enough? Are there values we need to spend more time bringing into the company?
I spend much of my time at work speaking with clients about their experiences of trauma. These are often deeply personal conversations which involve vulnerability and working through what can be confronting core beliefs and experiences.
Often as a therapist, your work life and personal life collide with similar themes. For me, the spotlight recently shone on all things parenting and baby related.