Informed, sensitive and responsive trauma practices May 2023

NESA accredited online workshop: Informed, sensitive and responsive trauma practices within your educational setting and community.

Completing “Informed, sensitive and responsive trauma practices within your educational setting and community” will contribute 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Student/child Mental health addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2 and 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

About this professional learning

Many children and families are exposed to traumatic life events. More often than any of us imagine, childhood trauma occurs.

It is estimated that one in seven children have experienced some form of trauma over the past year. In Australia the impacts of bushfires, drought, floods and the pandemic have added to the number of children and families experiencing trauma. Teachers and support teams play a vital role in recognising children who may be suffering trauma. Working together with colleagues within your school community and seeking intervention from outside professionals is critical in improving outcomes for traumatised children.

The “Informed, sensitive and response trauma practices” webinar will help you gain a better understanding of trauma within educational environments.

Participants will be provided with the latest research and professional learning, including:

  • Understanding trauma and the indicators of it in children.
  • Recognising children’s behaviours as a form of communication.
  • Successfully engaging with children through the use of self, body and senses.
  • Examining the four components of resilience to improve outcomes for traumatised children.
  • Providing effective observations, documentation, and reflection on practice to share with colleagues and other professionals.
  • How trauma affects brain development.
  • Traumatic and unhelpful family systems and attachment disruptions that impact brain development.
  • The impact on attachment in children who have suffered trauma.
  • The importance of intervention.
  • Stepping towards a whole-school approach to trauma informed practice.

Who is the professional learning suitable for?

This NESA accredited professional learning is suitable for all teachers and support teams who work with children aged between 0 to 12 years old.


This 12-hour NESA accredited webinar will be presented over three sessions delivered by two speakers in May and June 2023.

  • Session 1: Thursday 11 May, 9:30am to 2pm AEST
  • Session 2: Friday 12 May, 9:30am to 2pm AEST
  • Session 3: Friday 2 June, 9:30am to 2pm AEST

Session 1 on 11 May 2023 will be presented by Mary-Jo McVeigh. Session 2 on 12 May 2023 will be presented by Heather Irvine-Rundle. You will connect with both speakers again in June 2023 to review and reflect on previous learnings.

We have intentionally created a delayed schedule between our first two and last session. This is to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the professional learning, develop and implement changes to practice through a trauma informed lens.

In the final session we will analyse and examine the successes and challenges that have arisen by your changes to practice. The speakers will explore and guide the approaches introduced by participants to further develop skills when working with traumatised children.


Dates: 11 May, 12 May and 2 June 2023
Times: Each session will run from 9:30am to 2pm each day
Location: Online webinar. Attendees will receive their webinar access details the week of each webinar.
Mary-Jo McVeigh, director and founder of Cara House; Heather Irvine-Rundle, clinical psychologist and director of The READ Clinic
Ticket price: $440 per person, including GST
Booking form: Click here to download the booking form
Purchase tickets: Purchase tickets via PayPal

If you would like to purchase your ticket via bank transfer, please email ( the team and we will send you our banking details.

About the speakers

Heather Irvine-Rundle

Heather is a senior clinical psychologist and the director of The READ Clinic, which is one of the largest psychology practises in Australia. As well as practising in Australia, Heather has also spent three years in the UK working with some of the most deprived families in Liverpool and London. She also led a service providing advice and consultations on mental health to all the schools in the South London area.

As well as practicing for 19 years Heather has also found time to become a published author with her latest book Hello Baby. Heather speaks regularly on local ABC radio, has appeared on a number of television shows including 60 Minutes, and writes regular articles for print and digital media.

Mary-Jo McVeigh

Mary-Jo is acknowledged as an expert in her field in child protection, trauma therapy and leadership coaching. She has been sought on advisory panels such as NSW domestic violence reforms and the Royal Commission into institutional abuse. She has presented at national and international conferences, been published in professional journals, written numerous training journals, is an author and published three innovative social work journals with her Wrapped in Angels receiving both national and international praise.


Purchase tickets via PayPal

Please note: You will be taken to the PayPal website where you can use any credit or debit card. You are not required to have a PayPal account to purchase tickets. 

If you would like to purchase your ticket via bank transfer, please email ( the team and we will send you our banking details.

Registration policy

  • Committed to Childcare Conferences reserves the right to alter or cancel any of the events advertised on the website.
  • If the event is cancelled by Committed to Childcare Conferences, a full refund for the cost of the ticket will be reimbursed to the buyer. The organiser will not be liable for accommodation or travel costs incurred by the buyer to attend the event.
  • You may transfer your ticket to another person at any time by notifying the event organisers via email: 
  • There are no refunds given if you cancel your booking. We are happy to provide you with a complimentary ticket to another of our events.
  • If cancellation, of any of the above, is forced by a party other than the management of Committed to Childcare Conferences, the event will be rescheduled or relocated.
  • Any event changes will be communicated to you, in a timely manner, through the contact email address that you have provided with your booking.

We encourage participants who are attending any of our presentations that are rescheduled, relocated or cancelled to communicate with us directly via our email address

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