Trauma Informed Care (TIC)

Orygen's Trauma Informed Care (TIC) program empowers high school staff to create a trauma-informed school environment, fostering a supportive culture.

  • Tier: Tier 2 : Early Intervention and Cohort Specific Support
  • Type of intervention: Trauma-informed programs
  • Strength of evidence: Level 2: Supported by expert opinion or evidence for practice
  • Geographic location: Statewide

Program description

The Orygen Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) program is a training package which provides capacity building for high school staff to implement a whole school approach to trauma informed care. The program aims to provide schools with the skills and knowledge to develop their own action plan to become a trauma-informed space.

Working within a trauma-informed framework, schools will gain a shared understanding of the impacts of complex trauma experiences on young people. The TIC package supports schools to develop a whole school approach to respond and support young people who have experienced trauma in a consistent, safe, and secure manner. The program focuses on implementation to support schools in sustainable culture change.

Intended outcomes

  • Improved knowledge of the impact of trauma experiences on children's and young people's development
  • Improved knowledge of trauma-informed care principles and how to implement changes within the school setting
  • Improved ability to understand the impacts of the trauma experiences and consequent behaviours of both staff and students
  • Improved staff and student wellbeing
  • Enhanced school culture which promotes and protects both staff and student wellbeing

Program details

Target audienceCapacity building for secondary school staff
Program providerOrygen
Delivery mode
  • Face-to-face
  • Online
  • Combination of face-to-face and online

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Secondary school teachers.
  • Program adaptability: A pre-program survey will scope and identify potential gaps in a whole school approach to trauma informed care and the values, knowledge and beliefs staff have regarding trauma and young people. This information will help to contextualise the training program for the individual school.
  • Staffing: School staff are required to attend a full day training. School staff identified as ‘champions’ will need to be covered by others while attending a minimum of 3 one-hour sessions. However, these times can be flexible around staff availability, minimising the need for backfill.
  • Training requirements: The training workshop takes a full day. Additional staff identified as 'champions', who will form the implementation working group, will meet for a minimum of 3 one-hour support sessions. Space will be required to run the whole staff training program, including IT equipment for PowerPoint presentations. IT equipment will be needed for 'champions', including access to Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
  • Factors to consider: The maximum number of participants is 40, but the program can be repeated to ensure everyone identified is able to take part.
  • Australian context: The program has been developed and applied in Australia.


Item cost


Detailed cost

Cost of the program is $8,418 (inc. GST). Pricing is calculated based on hourly rate for preparation and delivery of 3 support sessions.

Each additional session is $302.50 (inc. GST) per hour.

Travel costs are calculated based on booking accommodation, booking flights if required and a pre-determined cost of using fleet cars.