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What is it?


Our accredited six-module, Therapeutic Teaching Course is designed to empower teachers to take a more therapeutic approach to teaching.  Based on essential childhood trauma theory and married together with real-life examples and practical strategies and resources it is not one to be missed! Over the duration of the six-module course, this embedded approach will inspire you and your team to make changes to the way they think, teach and also design your classroom environments. 


Delivered by educational childhood trauma expert Shahana Knight, with insight from her own childhood trauma and inspiring new ways of thinking this is a course unlike any other!  

Course Modules

Childhood Trauma and the Brain: What you need to know

Learn about childhood trauma and how it impacts a developing brain. Find out what happens when children are stressed or overwhelmed. Why they have ‘meltdowns’ and what the impact is on their behaviour and internal processing at school. Most importantly, learn what can you do to help. Underpinned by therapeutic approaches and full of advice and free resources. This session is vital for anyone working with vulnerable children or young people in an educational setting.

Attachment Disorder in the Context of the Classroom

Learn about attachment disorder and how it impacts a child or young person.  Find out how to identify attachment disorder and how to support the children you work with by ensuring you are not triggering attachment style behaviours. Full of practical strategies and advice to help you figure out what is effective and what is not effective at school. You will have lots to take away and implement. 

Creating an Emotionally Intelligent Class

Learn about motional intelligence and how focusing on developing EI in your children can predict better outcomes and life skills than academic achievements. This module links to the government guidelines on health, relationships and sex education and will inspire you to put wellbeing at the heart of your classroom. Find out how you can increase emotional intelligence in the children you work and help them become more self-aware and empathetic by following the advice, resources, and support in this module. 

Boundaries and Consistency

Learn about the importance of boundaries and consistency when working with vulnerable children. Find out how to approach behavioural incidents whilst still maintaining a therapeutic approach based on connection. With specific approaches and advice for you to begin to implement in your school. This session guides you toward alternative methods to time out and detention whilst still maintaining the boundaries many vulnerable children desperately need. 

Therapeutic Teaching

Learn about how to develop therapeutic teaching skills with the children in your school. Find out how to adapt your responses to behavioural incidents and emotional outbursts to focus on connection and care. The lessons in this module will begin to create a therapeutic ethos amongst your staff and help guide everyone working with the children toward an approach that puts mental health and well-being first. A very popular session which will change perceptions and offer a lot of ‘ah-ha’ moments. 

Creating a Therapeutic Environment

This module underpins the learning in other modules and should be taken following those sessions. Learn how to create a therapeutic environment throughout your school which puts well-being and mental health at its core. Find out how changing your classrooms, hallways and outdoor areas can increase feelings of safety and promote self-belief which in turn positively impact learning. Ensuring your school is meeting the needs of each child through its design.


Book all six certified CPD sessions for your whole school team for



How is it delivered?

Sessions are delivered as six 2-hour twilight sessions.

Shahana Knight also delivers some of these modules as a part of a conference or talk. If you would like to book Shahana to speak at your event please email us or visit our TPC Talk page to find out more.


"Hi Shahana

The staff loved your training, we have been using your approach and we are very impressed with the results already! "

- Head Teacher

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