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Trauma Smart Schools Program 

For Secondary Schools

Trauma Smart Schools Program for Secondary Schools by Building Better Brains Australia

Including Superskills Toolbox Student Program (15 Modules)

3 x 2-Hour Pre-Recorded Workshops

Designed by dynamic duo Tony Vallance, Australian Education Awards, Teacher of the Year (2019) and Sian Chambers-Vallance, Creative Counsellor, Consultant and Clinical Play Therapist.

Short Description

Trauma SMART schools recognise that emotional intelligence and social-emotional skills are the foundation of improved student academic outcomes and resiliency.

If a brain has been affected by early trauma or prolonged stress, the wiring of the brain and nervous system can be affected. A student’s ability to focus, learn and recall can be greatly affected by prolonged stress or trauma. 

The Trauma Smart Schools Program builds capacity in the whole school community to create sustainable, lasting change. With evidence-based strategies and practical techniques, the training toolbox is designed to yield maximum outcomes to benefit your school community. Teachers, students and the parent community all receive relevant and accessible training as part of the Trauma Smart Schools Program. Upon completion, the school becomes accredited as a Building Better Brains Australia Trauma Smart School. 

The program will cover essential neuroscience and provide practical classroom, home and personal strategies to help your school build a sustainable, trauma informed school community. 

What’s inside?

Self-paced webinar series (2 consultants) – Secondary Schools Topics Covered:

Educator Session 1: The Brain and Behaviour Toolkit (2-Hour On-Demand Webinar)

Demystify behaviour as you explore essential neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology for the classroom. Understand why behaviour is a symptom of a dysregulated nervous system and explore a range of evidence-based strategies that help improve safety, connection, and regulation.

Educator Session 2: Connected Classrooms and Regulation Toolbox (90-Minute On-Demand Webinar)

We explore how trauma presents in the classroom, the neuroscience of trauma and toxic stress, how trauma affects brain, behaviour, learning, nervous system regulation and relationships and provide an evidenced based toolbox of strategies to aid dysregulation and grow safety and connection in your classroom. 

Educator Session 3: Beyond Burnout – Sustainable Practice and Educator Self Care (90-Minute On-Demand Webinar)

Adults are the physiological anchor for the students in the room and do the essential support work with children of trauma and all others. In this workshop we explore how schools can build a foundation of wellbeing for their staff, address burnout and encourage sustainable, emotionally intelligent professional practice by becoming the role models for change, self-regulation, compassion and self care. Full of lots of practical and reflective activities this topic is an essential foundation for Trauma Smart Schools.

Every Trauma Smart Schools Full Day training package includes a parent/caregiver workshop on Brain, Behaviour and Trauma for your community.

Parent Session: Demystifying Brain, Behaviour and Trauma – 90 minutes, 2 Presenters

Learn how stress and trauma impact brain and behaviour, regulation capacity and relationships. Explore practical ideas that can help restore regulation, calm, safety and connection to your family and help process the traumatic events. This workshop will be delivered LIVE online in an evening session so that it is most accessible to your parent/caregiver community.

Student Training Program: The Brain and Behaviour Super Skills Toolbox for Secondary Schools

15-module structured class program with student manual, class activities and educational videos.

The Superskills Toolbox is designed to support your students with a broad range of age appropriate mental health issues facing them today and help empower your students to understand their own brain, behaviour and coping strategies available.

The Superskills Toolbox is designed to be easy to use by teachers and features fifteen core video modules and a practical reflection, team based activities and student manual. The accompanying student manual is available in pdf or editable pdf versions and collaborative tasks are to be completed by students after each module during class time.

This on-demand, self paced, fully downloadable student centred program is an essential informative, collaborative and practical toolbox for all secondary students to help them deal with a broad range of age appropriate and mental health issues facing them today.

Outcomes: This program links with ACARA Personal and Social Capabilities around the areas of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social-Awareness, Social Management.

The Superskills Toolbox is designed to be easy to use by teachers and features fifteen core video modules and a practical reflection, team based activities and student manual. The accompanying student manual is available in pdf or editable pdf versions and collaborative tasks are to be completed by students after each module during class time.

Topics Covered Include:
Module 1 – Lifting the Lid on Your Brain
Module 2 – A Brain’s Best Friend? Meet Your Guard Dog
Module 3 – Meet Your Wise Owl, Calm Your Guard Dog
Module 4 – All of the Feels
Module 5 – In the Zone…of Regulation
Module 6 – Trauma and Toxic Stress
Module 7 – Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Module 8 – Anxiety and Stress
Module 9 – Taming Your Tiger
Module 10 – Depression and Overwhelm
Module 11 – Stress Less, Mindfulness and Grounding Yourself
Module 12 – Express Yourself, Fun, Play and Creativity
Module 13 – Move it or Lose it: Regulation, Rhythm and Movement
Module 14 – Creating Healthy Boundaries and Positive Mental Habits
Module 15 – Self Care for Healthy, Happy Brains

Resources Included:
Downloadable student manuals (editable and printable versions) Downloadable slides
Downloadable videos for each learning module
15 video modules with accompanying downloadable class activities and reflections.

A Training Certificate will be available upon completion.

Who is it for?

Whole School Communities – Educators, parents and students themselves.

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

On demand webinars and the Student Superskills Classroom Program can also be purchased individually. 

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500+ Enrolled Participants

What You'll Learn


Build Connected Classrooms

Learn how to help your students recover from trauma, understand their own brain and behaviour, manage stress and overwhelm & get on a positive trajectory in their lives. Learn how to apply evidenced based tools and strategies that help improve safety, connection and regulation in your classroom.


Self-Care Sustainability Tips for Teachers

Learn to take better care of yourself so that you can take care of others in a more powerful way.


Brainwise Teaching Practices

Learn how to build calmer, more connected classrooms and explore techniques for switching on the whole brain for optimum learning and boosted academic outcomes.


Essential Neuroscience and Interpersonal Neurobiology Principles

Understand the theoretical foundations of brain and behaviour and de-escalation practices and explore a practical toolbox of strategies that you can apply directly in the classroom.

“Training was fantastic. Very inspiring. I am looking forward to watching the impact of these groups on class dynamics and teacher student relationships.”
Training Participant