The workshops were run in June and July 2021. They follow the structure of the ‘6R’s’ in the Trauma Responsive Care Model developed by Andrea Greer in her Master’s thesis, Relationships Matter? (Greer, 2015).


The ‘6R’s provide a framework for participants to follow the delivery of the content and also provides an easy way to re-call the knowledge and information delivered.


The 6R’s are Recognising Trauma, Being Responsive, Regulate, Relate, Reason and Restoration. Using the 6R’s of the model, we will delve into how to create a climate and culture of Trauma Responsive Care within your organisation.

Introducing Our Trauma Responsive Educators

Andrea Greer

Andrea is the owner and founder of Nurturing Relationships. She started her own training, consultancy and social work practice in 2016 to follow her heart and passion in empowering change with tamariki children. We often hear the saying,
“it takes a village to raise a child” and when it comes to supporting tamariki children who have experienced trauma,
“it takes a village to bring healing for a child”.

This is at the heart of Andrea’s trauma responsive education
workshops, to empower those who are working with children with therapeutic tools and strategies which they can bring into their settings to bring healing and restoration for tamariki children.

Andrea has a Master’s of Social Welfare distinction, endorsed in
Mental Health Practice, University of Otago with 14 years’ practice based experience with tamariki & youth within Aotearoa New Zealand. She is also a mum to two girls aged 5 and 2 and together with her husband, they live on a farm in Eastern Southland.

Cathy Puna

Cathy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her educator role and her passion for tamariki children is definitely contagious!

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education and a Post Graduate in Specialist Teaching Early Intervention. Cathy has 15 years’ experience with tamariki in various teaching and leading roles in Southland kindergartens as well as experience as an Early Intervention Teacher at the Ministry of Education.

Cathy currently works as a Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) for Eastern Southland.

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