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Trauma-Aware Education: Essential Information and Guidance for Educators, Education Sites and Education Systems

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This book provides guidance for educators on how to embed awareness and management of complex trauma in school systems, to help vulnerable impacted students achieve better lives.

Now, more than ever, in a world of stress, disadvantage and unpredictability, schools struggle to manage the confronting needs of some of our most disadvantaged and vulnerable learners — those suffering complex trauma. This type of trauma stems from repeated interpersonal harm done to children, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, signifi'ant neglect, and the experience of family or other relational violence. These learners require a 'trauma-aware' response. Behaviour management techniques that may work for most learners often fail when used with trauma-impacted children.

This book assists educators from an individual and system perspective in developing trauma-aware education frameworks to enable learners and educators to avoid the devastating effects of complex trauma on mental health. It examines and discusses the impacts of complex and other trauma on learners and how trauma-aware education provides an informed approach to remedy these concerns.

Topics covered include:

  • the impacts of complex trauma
  • the evidence-base for trauma-aware education
  • a paradigm shift in the way learner behaviours are 'managed'
  • effective strategies for a trauma-aware education response
  • working with learners who live with disability
  • a trauma-aware approach for early childhood education and care
  • maintaining well-being for educators
  • leadership of trauma-aware education in sites and systems


Dr Judith Howard is an Associate Professor in the Education Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. She has an extensive career history with schooling in Australia and has worked as a teacher, school counsellor and behaviour support specialist. She has held both regional and state positions overseeing work in student behaviour support. Dr Howard's work has a keen focus on the concerns of young learners who have experienced complex trauma. She promotes a neuroscience-informed approach — to which she believes every educator and worker in every school and early childhood service needs access. Dr Howard oversees pre-service and post-graduate teacher education in trauma-aware education, is the principal chair of the biennial Trauma-Aware Schooling conference in Australia, has developed online courses reaching thousands nationally and internationally, and continues to research, write, speak and train on this vitally important topic. She is the author of the highly popular teacher resource Distressed or Deliberately Defiant: Managing Challenging Student Behaviour due to Trauma and Disorganised Attachment (2013).

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