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Online Trauma Responsive Education training starting September

11 September 2023

Join Louise Michelle Bombèr for the first of seven online Trauma Responsive Education training days on the 28 September, 2023.

Run over the academic year with one training day per half-term, this course will explore “Updating policy and practice in the educational context”. It is open to school leaders including Headteachers, Senior Managers, SENDCos, Inclusion Managers and School Governors.

Attendees will write a policy together over the year using a template Louise has created embedding DDP informed principles and practices. It is expected that those attending the course consider signing up for a DDP Level One training as well (during or after the course at some point), though this is not a requirement.

It will cover the following:

  • The significance of establishing safety
  • The theory and practice of attunement
  • Respecting biology through the use of the polyvagal theory
  • Exploring the work of Dr Bruce Perry including the neurosequential model of support
  • An introduction to DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) informed practice
  • Stage- and state-dependent differentiated teaching and discipline
  • The creation of an “Attachment Aware and Trauma Responsive school relationship policy”

“This seven-day training will offer Senior Managers and policy-makers the opportunity to deeply consider current educational practices in light of what we now know about Adverse Childhood Experiences and other relational traumas, including the impact of COVID-19 upon the mental health and well-being of children and young people. The course will challenge current approaches which still focus on withdrawing relationship when the going gets tough, instead of offering rich, relational practice… Our learning journey will be compassion-focused”.

The training dates are 28 September, 3 November, 1 December, 12 January 2024, 2 February, 1 March and 26 April, from 9:15am-3:30pm GMT over Zoom. Registration costs £1175 per person, and a £600 deposit is required to secure your place.

More information can be found on the TouchBase website and the Trauma Responsive Education 23-24 flyer.

Louise Michelle Bombèr is a DDP Practitioner, specialist teacher, therapist, author and Clinical Lead and Director of TouchBase Centre CIC. She has written extensively about adverse childhood experiences and education and her books include ‘Working with Relational Trauma in Schools’, ‘Know Me to Teach Me’, ‘Inside I’m hurting’ and ‘What about me?’.

TouchBase are running DDP PACE training for Educators and helping to run pilot DDP Level One training for Education with DDP Trainers, Mikenda Plant and Polly Nugent, and the DDPI Education working group.