Teachers are in a unique position to identify children who are experiencing difficulties following a natural disaster because of their role, expertise, and extended contact with children. However, every young person reacts differently to a traumatic event so it is not always clear what types of reactions they will display, or how the event might affect them in the longer-term. For this reason these resources have been developed by The Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine to assist teachers in identifying the range of ways that children may respond to traumatic stress, and to provide some information on how to respond to these reactions.
What are the Teacher Training Resources?
The Teacher Training Resource package is comprised of a main teacher guide, plus a series of tip sheets for use by teachers with children from preschool age through to adolescents.
The main guide provides detailed background information to help teachers identify and manage child reactions following natural disasters. The first section of the main guide introduces some of the more typical reactions children might display (immediately and long-term) after experiencing a traumatic event. The second section outlines the important role that teachers and schools can play in helping children after a natural disaster. The third section provides information on what teachers can do when they identify a student that may benefit from further assistance. The final section of this resource provides additional helpful information about more severe reactions that youth may experience.
In addition to the main guide, there are a series of tip sheets that teachers can use to help understand and manage children's reactions following traumatic events. Readers should consult the main guide for detailed information and utilise the tip sheet series as a quick guide or as needed.
You can access the Child Trauma Handbook and Teacher Training Tip Sheets here