Take Two: Trauma-informed CaRE (Communication and Regulating Emotions)

Trauma-informed CaRE is a school-based program that supports students impacted by trauma.

  • Tier: Tier 2: Early Intervention Cohort Specific Support
  • Type of intervention: Trauma informed programs
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3: Foundational and emerging evidence for program
  • Geographic location: Statewide

Program description

Trauma-informed CaRE is a school-based group program for vulnerable student groups. The program includes support for students, families and carers, and school staff and leadership to assist students impacted by trauma.

The program includes 6 sessions that provides information on communication, emotional regulation and the impact of adversity on mental health. The program provides techniques for traumatised and at-risk students and strategies to strengthen relationships between school staff, parents/carers and students.

Intended outcomes

  • Improved student emotional literacy and the ability to identify and discuss emotions
  • Improved student, parent/carer and staff communication skills
  • Improved student social skills and reduce student conflict
  • Increased attention and engagement in class
  • Increased knowledge of school staff regarding specific emotional, mental health or behavioural concerns and student cohorts
  • Staff having additional and improved strategies for supporting students experiencing emotional and/or behavioural dysregulation
  • Build parent/carers ability to recognise, respond to and co-regulate difficult emotions

Program details

Target audience
  • Primary school students - lower
  • Primary school students - upper
  • Secondary school students - lower
  • Secondary school students - upper
  • Capacity building for primary school staff
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff
Program providerBerry Street Victoria
Delivery mode
  • Face-to-face
  • Combination of face-to-face and online

*Some components can be delivered online, but face-to-face is preferred.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Students, school staff and leadership, and parents, carers and families.
  • Program adaptability: The program is able to be tailored to the needs and context of the school after consultation.
  • Staffing: Schools can run staff or leadership group sessions between 3.30pm-6pm to avoid backfilling.
  • Training requirements: A 1-hour consultation and a 1-hour preparation session is required prior to program commencement.
  • Factors to consider: For staff sessions, there is a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 20. For student and parent sessions, there is a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10. For student and parent, carer and family sessions at least 1 school staff member is required to attend.
  • Australian context: This program has been developed and delivered in Australia.


Item cost


Detailed cost

The program is offered at a set cost of $10,912 (inc. GST) per program (students, staff or parent/carers program). Schools can purchase multiple programs from each stream based on the needs of their students and the need to involve staff and parents/carers.

Additional sessions, activities or consultations can be purchased at an hourly rate. Travel is charged at an hourly rate to and from the local Berry Street office to the school.