Critical Training for Teachers

"Improving Schooling for Future Generations

Teachers have students for most of the students waking hours. This makes them key people of influence. In these sensitive times, there are few things as important as healthy, positive, and modern teaching practices and methodologies.

Students under the age of 12 are like clay—they are highly impressionable and in the process of building a mindset that will carry them for the rest of their lives.

Every student's day-to-day learning needs are different from everyone else. While adapting to this has become one of the key practices of modern education, there is a need for specialised training for teachers dealing with students that come from communities with ongoing intergenerational trauma.

When it comes to Aboriginal students, the need for a modern style that takes into account cultural learning needs, is the absolutely best practice of education.

INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA CAN MANIFEST IN A VARIETY OF WAYS

This kind of trauma has been passed down through generations and it manifests differently in every student. Identifying these manifestations and helping students cope with them and move forward into a loving community is something that needs to be learned. It is a process that includes behavioural science, psychology, and methodologies for relief and inclusion.

INCLUSION NEEDS TO BE COMMUNICATED IN A HEALTHY WAY

Institutional integrity is one of the five dimensions of reconciliation. Incorporating reconciliation within the classroom is not onerous with the right training.   In order to significantly reduce the impact of intergenerational trauma for the next generations, educations must learn how to incorporate inclusion so that every child feels that they belong.

This is a skill that teachers need to instill in their students as well, in order for them to be positive, warm, and inclusive for all students.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

This course will help you ace the above-mentioned concepts, helping you build a better future for your students. On top of that, it will cover a wide array of topics with a cultural and trauma informed approach, including:

  • How to create a caring community for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students
  • Communicating and practicing reconciliation
  • Building emotional intelligence concerning Indigenous trauma
  • Fostering institutional integrity and unity
  • Historical acceptance
  • Cultural resources

It is time for educators to educate themselves and teach using an improved method of reconciliation and inclusion for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students. This is how we improve things for future generations.


Donna Hensen

Aboriginal Indigenous Trainer, Counsellor and Artist


Traditionally Cultural Awareness training by other providers has been focused on dry facts and sometimes with hostile emotions.

Her courses are unique as they are delivered with a no guilt, blame,  anger or political agenda. Simply a clear empathetic understanding of Indigenous issues both historical and the impact of Indigenous people’s everyday life.

Her training is done through a difficult truth telling with a trauma informed approach. Every person that has done her training has had a profound experience in which they have undergone a shift from knowing the issues to feeling the issues, i.e. mind shift to heart shift.

Her personal mantra is “Change takes time, but if you do nothing, nothing changes”. 

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