For Educators and Schools

Building Better Brains Australia offer consultancy, training and education to schools, organisations, workplaces, teachers, parents and mental health professionals.  By working to make our systems more creative, child centred, brainwise and trauma smart we can build a more emotionally intelligent generation for the future.  Working together we can build better brains!

Training and consultancy can be conducted in the following ways:

  1. By enrolling in Building Better Brains Australia’s self paced, capacity building online training and support programs and workshops.

  2. By enrolling in one of our LIVE training programs or workshops delivered online via the zoom platform.  These can be booked as group or individual workshops, counselling support or mentor sessions with a Building Better Brains Australia Consultant.

  3. By booking our Building Better Brains Australia consultants to deliver training, consultancy or support in person for your organisation.

  4. By designing your own custom made package with Building Better Brains Australia to help support the educational and capacity building needs of your specific organisation.


Trauma SMART schools are student centred and recognise that emotional intelligence and social-emotional skills are the foundation for improved academic outcomes and resiliency.  Evidence shows that if a brain has been affected by early trauma or prolonged stress, particularly during the sensitive periods of development, the wiring of the brain and nervous system can be affected. This faulty wiring of the lower subcortical parts of the brain drives behaviour, the ability to navigate relationships, the ability to learn and remember, the ability to focus and pay attention, responses to stress and self-concept. 

Building Better Brains Australia’s Trauma Smart Classrooms Program aims to change these statistics through evidenced based education and support for the entire school community – teachers, parents and the children themselves. We are stronger together!

The program will cover essential neuroscience and provide practical classroom, home and personal strategies to help educate the community and help it recover from trauma so that we can all build better brains for this next generation of children.

Core teacher training programs including classroom management and pedagogical strategies:

  1. Brain and Behaviour – essential neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology for the classroom. Understand why behaviour is a symptom of a dysregulated nervous system and explore a range of evidenced based strategies that help improve safety, connection and regulation in the classroom.

  2. The Elephant in the Room: How trauma affects brain, behaviour, learning, nervous system regulation and relationships

  3. Building Mindful Classrooms and Essential Self-Care for Teachers – the adults are the physiological anchor for the children in the room and to do the essential support work with children of trauma.  To do this work sustainably, educators need to prioritise their own self-care

These workshops are available as self directed online training for your community or as in person live workshops (or via zoom).

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

Learn how to facilitate Nurture groups to help support the emotional-social growth of students at your school. Nurture groups are based on Theraplay principles (a trauma informed, attachment- based, directive form of play therapy), creative arts therapy, Bruce Perry’s work on rhythmic brainstem regulation, mindfulness and behavioral techniques.

Nurture Groups incorporate:

  • Sensory regulation activities

  • Mindfulness

  • Music and rhythm

  • Theraplay group games

  • Team building activities

  • Group and family play therapy activities

  • Confidence and self esteem building

  • Creative arts therapy – movement, regulation, art and drama expression activities

  • Social skills development and support  

  • Emotional intelligence building

  • Emotional Regulation skill practice

The course will cover:

  • The neurobiology of play involved in rewiring the brain, nervous system and relationships

  • Engaging whole brain learning through play

  • Resiliency, play and building emotionally intelligent brains

  • How to structure Nurture Group sessions – Rules and Rituals, running order, group characteristics

  • Ideas for goal setting for group success

  • List of supplies, resources and requirements

  • How to build a toolbox of targeted therapeutic activities – experiential learning through play, song, rhythm and fun!

  • Templates: Introduction letters, lesson plans and assessments

These workshops are available as self directed online training for your community or as in person live workshops (or via zoom).

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

Learn how to establish a great rapport with your students, find your personal power to teach with confidence without the ‘teacher’s mask’ and create classes that sustain you rather than drain you. We will show you hands on pedagogical techniques that empower students to grow.

Presented by Tony Vallance, Australian Educator of the year (2019)

As a ConnectED Classrooms trained teacher you will be able to:

  • Quickly establish a strong rapport with your students

  • Gain confidence in your strengths as a teacher and own your space with your students.

  • Learn to apply collaborative learning strategies with differentiated roles for students to thrive within.

  • Learn passive and active monitoring strategies that give you feedback both from a wellbeing based and academic growth perspective. 

  • Find ways to engage and empower your students with learning so you can truly become the ‘guide on the side’ who leads from behind.

These workshops are available as self directed online training for your staff or as in person live workshops (or via zoom).

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

This curriculum development course is based on REAL WORLD curriculum creation that seeks to empower students to have control over and take ownership of their learning. It teaches you how to develop robust cross learning area units that centre around a narrative that links between classes and subjects.

Learn to apply curriculum requirements in an integrated but streamlined way that does not sacrifice the impact and agency students will gain from a unit. Learn how to change the focus of student growth to skills and confidence and let them truly fly. 

Explore contemporary STEAM learning tools from low tech to Virtual Reality headsets and how to use them in a fun, collaborative environment.  You will learn:

  • Tap into your creativity to apply relevant and contextualised narrative themes to your units. From a space colonisation survival scenario to a local sustainability program, learn that the constraints of curriculum and textbooks are illusionary.

  • Use proven design and collaborative techniques to help you structure a robust, cross subject area unit that provides ENGAGEMENT and OWNERSHIP for your students.

  • Engage with STEAM learning tools that harness creativity, collaboration and communication skills building in students.

  • Gain the confidence to break through the invisible box of curriculum constraints and take back to your school the skills to collaboratively create viable learning sequences that allow your students to truly fly.

Presented by Tony Vallance, Australian Educator of the year (2019)

These workshops are available as self directed online training for your staff or as in person live workshops (or via zoom).

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

Learn how to create a student centered Makerspace and culture at your school. Learn how to assess, measure, design and pitch your space to school leadership so your dream can become a reality.

I have designed and created several learning environments that have resulted in national attention and played no small part in me winning Teacher of the Year 2019 for the Australian Education Awards. In conjunction with my students and staff, I have designed and build ‘Steamworks’ and the ‘CAVE’ (Collaborative, Advanced, Virtual, Environment), two learning environments that are hubs for student contemporary skills learning. You will learn highly creative ways to engage with students in the process to promote ownership of the space and begin to grow a student led culture of creative, collaborative problem solvers. You will learn how to acquire hardware and software for the space whilst saving money and stretching your budget to the max. Learn the secret to a sustainable maker space that continues to grow within your school. Learn proven techniques to build your Makerspace footprint within the school landscape both physically and culturally. Find out the ways to make your student led maker movement robust, real world and sustainable.

  • Learn how to design and create an accurate model of your proposed Makerspace using easy to learn computer design software that will allow you to visualise your idea and sell the concept to others.

  • Learn how to collaboratively engage with your most important key stake holders, the students to empower them and engage them in owning the new space and the ideas that grow within.

  • Find creative ways to embed the new space in the school culture with sustainable growth as a key focal point.

  • Learn how to stretch your budget to the maximum to yield a much higher net benefit for your students.

  • Learn how to promote student and staff buy in to manage change positively and powerfully in your school culture.

  • Take back to your school the skills to create a Makerspace/learning environment that will promote student ownership, engagement and collaborative skills growth.

Presented by Tony Vallance, Australian Educator of the year (2019)

These workshops are available as self directed online training for your staff or as in person live workshops (or via zoom).

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

Want to discover how to teach with passion, power and sustainability? Learn practical personal and pedagogical techniques. Presented by Tony Vallance, Australian Educator of the year (2019)

Tony shares his tricks for filtering through ‘busy work’ not related to the core business of teaching. He will show you how to grow your personal and professional capacity to teach with confidence, compassion and courage. Learn how to access your pedagogical power animal by tapping into your key areas of passion. Find out how to  lead your students from behind and establish a strong rapport that will turn a draining class into a sustaining class.

Take your job from career to calling and make this amazing vocation the best it can be! 

  • Learn how to summarise your unique skills and tailor your techniques directly to them

  • Learn practical techniques to establish rapport and promote connection before correction.

  • Learn how to deal with professional pressure in a sustainable way.

  • Learn how to fill your cup and prioritise personal capacity growth from a personal before professional perspective.

  • Gain knowledge of student brain and behaviour so your can increase your empathy and solidify your student connection.

  • Learn how to harness the power of role differentiated collaborative learning so your students can take ownership of their learning as you become a leader from behind.

  • Learn how to deal with challenging students with practical, proven techniques that will serve to de-escalate, re-engage and motivate them.

  • Learn the power of honesty and vulnerability so you can take the teachers mask off and be the real you with students so they can be the real them.

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

Learn how structured, predictable experiences of regulation through rhythmic patterns are essential for stabilising the nervous system, expanding the window of tolerance to stress, providing felt sense of safety within the body and help to rewire damage in the brainstem from early trauma and toxic stress experiences.  

Explore the work of Bruce Perry to understand the brain science behind working in a ‘bottom up’ way with students to help them learn more effectively, retain information, build a sense of safety and belonging in their classroom environment.

Learn how to incorporate moments of rhythmic regulation (used with the whole class or to help regulate individual students) throughout the teaching day.  This can assist with transitions, dysregulated behaviours, switching on the ‘learning brain,’ building rapport and connection in the classroom.

This training covers the science about why we need to work with our students in this way to help grow healthier brains for the next generation and comes loaded with lots of practical tools and techniques to get you started right way!

These workshops are available as self directed online training for your staff or as in person live workshops (or via zoom).

Presented by Sian Chambers-Vallance, Clinical play therapist, parent educator, play advocate and consultant.

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

Explore how to incorporate essential creative arts reflection activities into your classroom to help enhance student social and emotional outcomes, aid regulation, build well integrated brains and emotional intelligence skills.

Opportunities for self expression are key to the development of a healthy functioning, well integrated brain and nervous system, a resilient mindset, problem solving and creative thinking.  

Self expression activities help to build a positive internal working model of self, boost self confidence, allow the practice of pro social skills, help build emotional intelligence and empathy, allow exploration of alternative life narratives and scripts and ways of being and feeling in response to inputs.

This training covers the science about why we need to work with our students in this way to help grow healthier brains for the next generation and comes loaded with lots of practical tools and techniques to get you started right way!

These workshops are available as self directed online training for your staff or as in person live workshops (or via zoom).

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

Learn all about brain and behaviour, explore what behaviour reveals about nervous system responses to stress and how we can provide resourcing for our students, understand early attachment models as key to relationship patterns and interactions, investigate Polyvagal theory and the window of tolerance to stress (including what hyperarousal and hypoarousal arousal behavioural symptoms can look like – and how to manage them), and how our own neurobiology and mirror-neuron systems influence our interactions with ourselves and our students.

We will cover how trauma affects the building of a healthy brain and nervous system, what trauma symptoms can look like and practical strategies to provide safety, connection and regulation within the facilitator-student relationship.

Explore how we can use the power of fun, play, sensory regulation, creativity and mindfulness to help us build better brains and more regulated nervous systems. As the adults in society we are the physiological anchors for our students whose brains are still not fully developed.

Learn to utilize the superpower of ‘we’ – your own physiology – to become the calm in the storm and to guide your students back into their zone of regulation.

These workshops are available as self directed online training or as in person live workshops (or via zoom).

Presented by Sian Chambers-Vallance, Clinical play therapist, parent educator, play advocate and consultant.

Get in touch for more information or to register your interest!

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