Our Recommendations.

Mental health and well-being resources have come a long way from when we started out as teachers so it is wonderful to see now that there is a greater selection out there. That said it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. We hope this list helps you on your way.


Books / Journals

Follow this link to go to the page of recommendations for Adults

Books - Trauma / ACE's Related
  • What Happened to You – Oprah Winfrey & Dr. Bruce Perry
  • The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • When the Body Says No – Gabor Mate
  • The Boy who was Raised as a Dog – Dr. Bruce Perry
  • The Deepest Well – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
  • All of those in the Adult Recommendations Page
  • Real Talk for Real Teachers by Dr. Becky Bailey
    Trauma Informed Education with Dr. Kay Ayre
  • We can do hard things with Glennon Doyle – Ep. 22 – REAL TALK: How can we begin to use conversation as a key to unlocking each other
  • Inside Education Podcast with Seán Delaney
  • School ZonEd Podcast – Susan Snyder – Norman Public Schools reading specialist & Bal-A-Vis X program user
Ted Talks / Videos
  • All of those in the Adult Recommendations
  • Empathy: The Heart of Difficult Conversations | Michelle Stowe *
  • Every Conversation Can Change a Life | Pat Divilly *
  • The Power of Vulnerability |Brené Brown
  • How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal
  • Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are | Amy Cuddy
  • Taming and Tending your Meerkat Brain | Jane Evans (youtube)
  • The Window of Tolerance Animation | Beacon House (Youtube)

* It is important to note that the content in these documentaries can be quite triggering.

Resources for Students

Click on the links below to bring you to our recommendations
Primary School 
Secondary School 


Bal-A-Vis X – (highly recommend)
Regular Bal-A-Vis-X (R-BAVX) is a series of BALance, Auditory, VISion, eXercises of varied complexity, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm.
For: Individuals, parents, teachers, OT’s, SNA’s, therapists
E.U. – https://www.brightbrain-scotland.co.uk/
U.S.A. – Bal-A-Vis-X, Inc

Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization
Positive Psychology: Well-being for life. Master strategies and tools that enable individuals and organizations to thrive
For: Adults

Restorative Practice Training
Restorative practice is a social science that studies how to improve and repair relationships between people and communities.
For: Teachers (Primary & Secondary)
Link: www.connectrp.ie

Nurture Group Training
Nurture groups are founded on evidence-based practices and offer a short-term, inclusive, focused intervention that works in the long term.
For: Teachers (Primary & Secondary)
Link: Nurture Ireland – Welcome to Blackrock Education Centre, Ireland 

Roots of Empathy
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based programme delivered in primary school classrooms which has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children by raising social-emotional competence and increasing empathy.
For: Teachers (Primary)
Link: Roots of Empathy

The Trauma Aware Educator
Understanding the Science of Childhood Trauma and Its Impact on Students (Free On-line Course)
For: Teachers
Link: Foundations of Trauma Informed Education | Trauma Informed Positive