Teacher Training Resources
What are the Teacher Training Resources?
The Teacher Training Resources have been developed to assist teachers to respond appropriately to children who have experienced traumatic events. Specifically, the training programme has been designed to assist teachers in becoming more attuned to identifying emotional and behavioural difficulties in their students following a traumatic event and provides information on what they can do to prevent the likelihood of children developing long-term adverse reactions.
The Teacher Training Resources are best used in conjunction with a training programme delivered by trained staff, ideally a mental health professional and a teacher.
Why Train Teachers?
Teachers are in a unique position to identify children who are experiencing difficulties following a natural disaster because of their role, expertise, and extended contact with children. However, every young person reacts differently to a traumatic event so it is not always clear what types of reactions they will display, or how the event might affect them in the longer-term. For this reason these resources have been developed to assist teachers in identifying the range of ways that children may respond to traumatic stress, and to provide some information on how to respond to these reactions.
What do the Teacher Training Resources Include?
The Teacher Training Resource package is comprised of a main teacher guide, plus a series of tip sheets for use by teachers with children from preschool age through to adolescents.
The main guide provides detailed background information to help teachers identify and manage child reactions following natural disasters. The first section of the main guide introduces some of the more typical reactions children might display (immediately and long-term) after experiencing a traumatic event. The second section outlines the important role that teachers and schools can play in helping children after a natural disaster. The third section provides information on what teachers can do when they identify a student that may benefit from further assistance. The final section of this resource provides additional helpful information about more severe reactions that youth may experience.
In addition to the main guide, there are a series of tip sheets that teachers can use to help understand and manage children's reactions following traumatic events. Readers should consult the main guide for detailed information and utilise the tip sheet series as a quick guide or as needed.
How Can I Access the Teacher Training Resources?
For the Trainers
Child Trauma Handbook
The Child Trauma Handbook is the primary source for the teacher training and it serves as a reference for all information. Click here to download Child Trauma Handbook.
Teacher Training Tip Sheets
These tip sheets are topic-specific. They summarise the content of the teacher training and the Child Trauma Handbook.
- Tipsheet: How teachers can provide help in the classroom
- Tipsheet: Preschoolers
- Tipsheet: Primary schoolers
- Tipsheet: Teenagers
- Tipsheet: How and when to seek help
- Tipsheet: Teacher self-care
Does my student need extra help? The CTSQ is a useful tool for assessing and/or monitoring how a child is coping over time.
Teacher Self Care
In addition to helping children manage their emotions following natural disasters, it is equally important for teachers to care for their own emotions.
There is also free access to teaching webinars on the topic, aimed at teachers, schools and health professionals. To view, please follow this link http://vimeo.com/user18608618/videos
Japanese Teacher Training Resources
The Teacher Training Resources have also been translated into Japanese. To access the Japanese version of these resources please visit the Japanese Teacher Resources page ( 自然災害を体験した子どもの反応 )..
Other translations of the CTSQ:
Hacer clic aquí para una versión del Cuestionario de Evaluación Preliminar de Trauma Infantil y la Hoja Informativa (Spanish)
Imibuzo emalunga nokuhlukumezeka komtwana (isi-Xhosa version)
The Teacher Training Resources have been officially endorsed by:
- Australian Psychological Society (APS) via the Psychosocial Support in Disasters (PSID) web portal
- Read the APS letter of support here
- Principals Australia Institute (PAI)
- Read the PAI letter of support here
- Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH)
- Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network
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