Trauma-informed care and why it matters

Elaine Thomas

Friday, 18 January 2019

Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering stated Levine and Kline in 2007. It is avoided by parents, professionals and educators alike. 



Why? Well, whether we like to admit it or not, many of us ‘adults’ are still running away from processing our own past trauma or doing the best we can to prevent feeling the impact of other people’s trauma.

But as we run from processing and thus healing trauma, more and more students are displaying irritability, lying, anxiety, temperamental or aggressive behaviour in the classroom. Why?

More and more students are impacted by type I, type II or type III trauma and be on the trauma continuum well beyond their days at school.


Unfortunately, it is not yet common practice for educators to automatically ask the questions on witnessing disruptive behaviour in the classroom.

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