The cart is empty

Trauma Informed Approaches to Behaviour Support

Trauma Informed Approaches to Behaviour Support

About the event

Children’s experiences over the last two years of the pandemic have increased anxiety levels and their mental health has suffered. This often shows up in their behaviour. Traditional behaviourist approaches can exacerbate the situation resulting in escalation, leaving children already disadvantaged by their experiences, further hindered and frequently punished for their responses.

This session will support delegates to understand the impact of punitive, shame-based system of behaviour management, and how to move to a more relational, trauma informed approach, without a decline in expectations and standards. The session will highlight the key components of a successful behaviour support response, and delegates will have a clear idea of the elements of a successful behaviour support system including structures and routines, ideas for the development of consistent language and reflective conversations and an exemplar policy for behaviour and relationships.

 Topics covered:

  • Understanding the impact of shame-based, punitive behaviour management and isolation - the neuroscience of shame and toxic stress and the impact of relational approaches in reducing problematic behaviour 
  • The common pitfalls in moving from zero tolerance/behaviourist approaches - taking staff (and parents) with you
  • Removing expectations, limits and rules - climate of chaos, eroding safety
  • The principles of a trauma informed approach - from management to support - key principles for change, whole community cultural shift
  • Relationships and a relationship policy
  • Psychological safety
  • The importance of structure - explicit rules, expectations, routines
  • Common language and responses
  • Safe spaces
  • A focus on regulation
  • Time in and reflect as a consequence

Social engagement responses - practical strategies:

  • Understanding the function of behaviour - what purpose does it serve the child? What can we replace that with?
  • The PLAY system in enabling regulation and change
  • The significance of reflect in changing behaviour - avoiding the ’rewarding poor behaviour’ pitfall

Presenter: Julie Harmieson


  • Former Headteacher of a Primary Alternative Provision 
  • Over 20 years' experience as a qualified teacher in supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and/or challenging behaviour at both a practitioner and senior leadership level within mainstream and specialist sectors
  • Trust Inclusion Team for a large Multi Academy Trust in Cornwall
  • Independent freelance Consultant supporting teachers, education professionals and counsellors with individuals and groups of challenging and/or vulnerable children
  • Extensive experience in training, coaching, mentoring and supervision
  • Director of Education and National Strategy, and Senior Trainer, Trauma Informed Schools UK (TISUK) informing delivering and supporting mental health training to schools in the UK

Julie is passionate about supporting children and young people to be the best they can be helping them to remove the barriers preventing full engagement in life and learning. She has a particular interest and expertise in supporting schools to develop a fully inclusive approach with both students and members of the school community, facilitating an environment where the mental health and well-being of all is central to the school ethos.

Julie divides her time between  training, supporting and challenging schools to embed and develop their trauma informed practice. Julie is delighted to be working with Trauma Informed Schools, focusing on supporting professionals to understand and embed a whole school approach to good mental health and emotional well-being.



Event Information

Event Date 03-11-2022 5:00 pm
Event End Date 03-11-2022 6:30 pm
Individual Price £20.00
Location Online
Categories CPD live stream events

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Company Information

Company Registration 11457893
Palladium House, 1-4 Argyll Street,
London, United Kingdom, W1F 7LD