Evidence-based, trauma-informed preventative practices that support the wellbeing of trauma-affected students and the educators that work with them.

Benefits of the model

The black butterfly model benefits students by:

  • Supporting and improving student wellbeing and mental health
  • Creating a safe learning environment that supports healing and recovery
  • Increasing access to the curriculum and academic success
  • Focusing on social and emotional learning that builds life-long skills
  • Reducing problematic behaviour in the classroom
  • Providing trauma-affected students with compassionate responses to their behaviour
  • Implementing effective, supportive and restorative interventions

The black butterfly model benefits teachers by:

  • Building their capacity and equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skill to effectively teach and support trauma-affected students
  • Providing cost-effective, time efficient and low maintenance trauma-informed strategies that support trauma-affected students without overburdening teachers
  • Reducing problematic behaviour in the classroom that teachers may be struggling to cope with
  • Providing preventative strategies in addition to responsive models that may already be in place
  • Considering the mental health and wellbeing of educators working with trauma-affected students
  • Safeguarding against burnout and vicarious trauma
  • Implementing a range of preventative strategies at school level to support teacher wellbeing
  • Creating a safe environment and supportive culture for school staff