APBSA Panel: Practical Integration Trauma Informed Practice + PBS

APBSA Panel: Practical Integration Trauma Informed Practice + PBS

Wednesday 28/04/2021
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Integrating Trauma-Informed Practice and Positive Behaviour Support

A Panel Discussion

When: Wednesday 28/April, 5-6:15pm Melbourne Time

Where: Online! (Everyone who is registered will be emailed a Zoom link on the morning of the event)

Please note the time listed on the website is Melbourne/Vic time – the event will run online (via Zoom) across Australia, so please note the time for your location.

Victoria, NSW, ACT, Queensland and Tasmania 5:00pm – 6:15pm

SA and NT 4:30pm-5:45pm

WA 3:00pm-4:30pm

Event description: Trauma can impact the lives and learning of children in many ways. Studies have shown that children who experience trauma may have difficulty regulating their emotions and behaviour, which places them at greater risk for problems at school and poorer educational outcomes. Later in life, these early traumatic experiences may increase risk of poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, un- or under-employment, poor health, and early death.  Thus, it is important for educators, allied health professionals, and behaviour support practitioners to have an understanding of trauma, they ways trauma influences learning and development, and evidence-based approaches for supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma. In this interactive panel discussion, Dr Emily Berger will provide an overview of trauma and how trauma might impact development and learning in children. Emily will provide an overview of evidence-based models of supporting children who have experienced trauma, and some of her recent research findings. Chelsea Troutman and Jenn Colechin will describe how they integrate the principles of trauma-informed practice into their work as behaviour support practitioners, with a particularly emphasis on conducting trauma-informed functional behaviour assessments and designing trauma-informed positive behaviour support strategies. The panel will conclude with a question and answer session.


Speaker Bios:


Dr Emily Berger – Emily Berger is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Lecturer in Educational Psychology within the Faculty of Education at Monash University.  Here research interests include child mental health and academic outcomes, self-injury and suicidal behaviour, child trauma and posttraumatic stress, disadvantaged children and children in out-of-home care, domestic violence and childhood outcomes, teacher training and supervision, and trauma-informed practices. She has experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, anxiety disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression and other mood disorders, school refusal and adjustment related issues, eating disorders, self-injury and suicidal behaviour, and other behavioural, social and emotional concerns in children


Chelsea Troutman – Chelsea is a Board Certified Behavioural Analyst (BCBA), practitioner and clinical supervisor. She holds a Masters of Education in School Psychology (Applied Behavioural Analysis) from the University of Cincinnati, and a post graduate degree in Criminology (forensic disability) from University of Melbourne. Chelsea has extensive experience working within Government and Community Service Sectors with expertise in disability services, children and family services- out of home care, and forensic disability. Chelsea has international experience in consulting on individual cases, system design, and policy. Chelsea has extensive experience in strength-based approaches to working with individuals with complex needs, complex client assessments, intervention and is recognised for her holistic practice lens, and proficiency in managing risk under the least restrictive circumstances.


Jenifer Colechin – Jenn  is a  Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and highly skilled clinician who utilises the science of behaviour analysis to guide assessment, strategies and implementation approaches within a positive behavioural support and trauma informed practice lens. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education (Applied Behaviour Analysis), a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies, Bachelor’s degrees in Secondary Education and English Literature, and a Graduate Certificate in Criminology (forensic disability).  Jenn is a registered Developmental Educator and has international experience in disability service design and delivery. Practice of specialists areas of behaviour change include direct intervention with individuals and their supporting team and family to ensure the rights of the person are protected through the provision of effective and evidenced based service delivery.

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