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Trauma Informed Practice and Strategies To Support Marginalised Students

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Hamilton Golf Club

170 Rippon Road

Hamilton, VIC 3300

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An evening for school personnel with Jan Smith and Kaye Dennis with focus on Trauma Informed Practice and Strategies to support marginalised students.

The intention of the inaugural Glenelg/Southern Grampians forum is to build the capacity of the staff in our schools with PD and resources that builds on themes already explored. The forum addresses the classroom behaviours and scenarios that are familiar in working with your most complex and challenging students with the aim of the forum to provide you with increased skills, resources and strategies for direct use in the classroom.

The forum will dig deeper into the expressed need in our communities, with targeted focus on areas such as classroom strategies, addressing common questions and concerns from teachers, trauma informed recommendations and ideas for creating a calmer classroom with a focus on loss and grief.

We have been fortunate to have engaged two experts on this topic to present at the forum:

Jan Smith is a special education teacher who has taught in primary, secondary and special schools. She has managed a P- 10 school which catered for students with social, emotional and behavioural issues. She has also coordinated youth programs at a TAFE for students between the ages of 15 and 19 who were disengaged from school. Jan is passionate about education being available to all.

Jan has been in the Regional Office of the Department of Education and Training (DET) since 2006. During this time she has been the liaison between the DET and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Youth Justice. She has worked closely with schools, DHHS and Community Service Organisations to better support children and young people in those systems remain at school. She was the Youth Partnerships Project Officer for two years during which time she had the privilege of managing an outreach teacher project where teachers were employed to work with children and young people in residential care. The second project was the establishment of a flexible learning setting for young people who had been disengaged from school for 12 months or more.

Kaye Dennis has had extensive experience working with young people, families and health professionals. She has qualifications in teaching, special education, counselling and community education. Kaye is an approved counsellor and educator with the National Association for Loss and Grief. Kaye has worked at pre-school and primary as a teacher and consultant, and secondary and tertiary levels as a consultant.

Over the years she has published articles and presented papers and workshops at state and national conferences on issues related to mental health and wellbeing, resilience, drug education and related issues, parenting and grief management, understanding and managing behaviour. Her most recent publication is a co-author of “Bullying Toolkit.”- choosing the most appropriate method for the specific type of bullying, from the 6 different methods described.

Some years ago Kaye trained with Dr Ruby Payne The Framework for Understanding Poverty” and Nairn Walker. She found the learnings profound and uses this knowledge throughout all her workshops to assist teachers and schools grasp the concept that all of us bring into our lives the “hidden rules” in which we were raised.

Who should attend this event?

This forum is suitable for anyone working with young people in a primary and secondary school setting or alternative education setting - teachers, aides, student support officers, principals, wellbeing staff, chaplains and school nurses.


This event is fully catered for with a cash bar available at the venue.

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