15 & 16 October 2017

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Grey Street, South Brisbane 4101

Early bird closes

3rd September 2017

Conference Program Now Available!

Welcome / Trauma Aware Schooling

The Queensland University of Technology, the University of Southern Queensland and the Behaviour Support Service of the Metropolitan Region of the Queensland Department of Education and Training warmly invite you to the inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference held in beautiful Brisbane, to discuss, learn about and respond to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools.

A school student’s experience of complex trauma  (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect,  violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school behaviours, attendance, engagement and (therefore) educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators.

To address this, government departments and many non-government agencies are increasingly encompassing what is now referred to as trauma-informed practice when supporting or working with children and adolescents.

To minimise concerns at school that can lead to student disengagement or disciplinary exclusion, there is a growing call for a collaborative, cross-agency, trauma-informed approach to service provision – which includes the schooling system.

There is an increasing interest in Queensland, across Australia – and internationally – for this to occur.

For further information:


The preliminary Conference program is now available!

Join us to hear and experience current and important research and practice regarding trauma aware schooling and to contribute to this growing awareness and enthusiasm!

View Program Here

Conference Chairs

Dr. Kay Ayre                                                 Dr. Judith Howard                                      Beverley Turner
University of Southern Queensland        Queensland University of Technology  Metropolitan Behaviour Support Services










Conference Sponsors

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Conference Supporters

Conference Organisers

Queensland University of Technology

Metropolitan Behaviour Support Service, DET


University of Southern Queensland

Venue - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre