Trauma-aware positive education strategies for students with complex needs

Trauma-aware positive education strategies for students with complex needs in Australian Steiner Schools

The Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage students with learning. BSEM is a universal approach designed for all students with intervention strategies for students with complex unmet needs.

Berry Street is one of Australia’s most comprehensive social care agencies supporting vulnerable children and their families through our integrated approach to therapeutics, case management, out of home care provision, and education. Drawing on Berry Street’s research in multi-disciplinary fields of education, neurobiology, therapeutics and education psychology, BSEM shares trauma-informed strengths-based strategies to assist students struggling with ‘acting out’ behaviours (i.e., escalation, refusal, resistance) and ‘acting in’ behaviours (i.e., withdrawal, disengagement, giving up on learning).  The aim of BSEM is to bolster each Steiner school’s unique culture and community while fortifying educators with strategies to increase self-regulatory capacity, increase relational connection, and ensure that our actions are anchored in strategies for wellbeing to build on each student’s unique strengths.

For primary and high school teachers, teacher assistants, learning support specialists, coordinators, school leaders. 

Dr Tom Brunzell (MST, EdM, PhD) Tom Brunzell began his teaching career and research into helping vulnerable students at NYC P.S. in the Bronx. He also completed a Foundation Year in Steiner education during this time. Tom joined Berry Street Victoria in Melbourne 2011 and completed his education year at the Melbourne Seminar. He developed the Berry Street Education Model for the use by wider schools. Tom presents internationally on topics of transforming school cultures, high expectations for differentiated instruction, trauma-informed practice, wellbeing and the application of positive psychology, and effective school leadership. He has completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne, studying trauma-informed pedagogy, positive psychology, and impacts on workplace meaning.

Workshop Format:

This workshop is a four day training program. Participants are required to attend all four days. 


Day One and two: saturday 15 and sunday 16 october, 2022
Day Three and Four: saturday 11 and sunday 12 february 2023 

Cost for four days:
SEA Members: $700 + GST


Morning tea and lunch are included in registration cost. 

Please contact SEA for more information:
02 9411 2579