Enhancing Learning 1: Secure and Enabling Learning Environments for Children and Adolescents

People inherently want to learn but are often hindered from doing so. Children and adolescents in particular, are enthused and motivated by stimulating learning environments and will naturally pursue topics of interest. However, even the most motivated learner struggles to learn when the environment is not perceived to be safe and secure. Even in spite of educators' best efforts, learners do not always feel secure in their learning environment. There are many possible reasons for this, including a lack of a sense of belonging, a lack of trust in others, and poor emotion regulation. 

Before a learner can genuinely engage in learning they need to establish trust in their learning environment. This is where educators can make an enormous difference. The purpose of this professional development workshop is to identify key features of a secure and enabling learning environment for students and also to identify hindering elements within learning environments. The workshops explores how as educators we can foster secure learning experiences. The workshop has two parts:

(1) Identifying and understanding hindrances to secure learning:

  • Safety
  • Epistemic trust
  • Attachment
  • Belonging
  • Emotion regulation
  • Neuropsychology
    • Impact on brain
    • Attention
    • Memory
    • Behaviour

(2) Translating research to the classroom:

  • Exploring the social system
  • Strategies for engendering belonging and security
  • Working with emotion regulation



The CPD module is comprised of 6-hours of online study which consists of video presentations and activities designed to personalise and ground the learning material. The online platform allow you to engage with the materials at your own pace and in your own time. If you are seeking research and practice-informed insights into how better to meet the needs of your students, this CPD program will be a refreshing and stimulating learning experience.  


CPD Credits

A CPD certificate will be issued on completion.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops
Duration Delivery Mode Pricing Start Dates Location Availability

Approx. 6 hours self-paced online professional development

Online $95

Online materials available TBA

Online Yes
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