Trauma Consultancy Service

The Trauma Consultancy Service helps schools support students affected by trauma by offering tailored coaching and assistance.

  • Tier: 
    • Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
    • Tier 2: Early Intervention and Cohort Specific Support
  • Type of intervention: Local community-led mental health interventions
  • Strength of evidence: Level 2: Supported by expert opinion or evidence for practice
  • Geographic location: It is available in Brimbank Melton, Western Melbourne and Wimmera South West (South West Region) and Loddon Campaspe (North West Region) locations.

Program description

The Trauma Consultancy Service helps school staff understand students with challenging behaviour affected by trauma.

Schools will work in partnership with a Trauma consultant who will assist in identifying classrooms most in need of welfare focused coaching and support. The service supports school staff to:

  • understand and work with children whose lives are affected by trauma
  • provide safe and supportive learning environments for students affected by trauma
  • develop teacher’s interactions with traumatised children
  • establish strategies for traumatised children to develop connection and resolve conflict
  • provide a safe space for teachers to debrief difficult interactions with children or parents.

Intended outcomes

  • Educators have an increased understanding of childhood development, trauma and attachment
  • Educators have an increased understanding of managing complex behaviours
  • Children have an increased sense of safety, confidence to seek out educator and ability to engage in appropriate play

Program details

Target audience
  • Primary school staff - Capacity building
  • Secondary school staff - Capacity building
Program providerAlannah and Madeline Foundation
Delivery mode
  • Face-to-face
  • Online

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: School educators.
  • Program adaptability: A needs assessment is undertaken with the school to ensure that the program is tailored and appropriate for the context.
  • Staffing: A Trauma Consultancy Service consultant works with up to 20 staff in small groups.
  • Training requirements: No prerequisites. The time commitment is as follows: Planning: one 4 hour planning session with school leadership, Training: 8 x 2.5 hours, Follow up reflective practice sessions: 8 x 1.5 hours, Follow up case consultation and support: 8 x 1.5 hours and Planning and follow up sessions: 2 hours.
  • Australian context: The program has been developed and applied in Australia.


Item cost


Detailed cost

The program is $14,850 (inc. GST) including a minimum package of 50 hours consulting at $297 per hour (inc. GST) and excluding travel expenses.