Complex Developmental Trauma

Inspired by the findings of cutting edge trauma research, Complex Developmental Trauma training offers participants an opportunity to re-frame the behaviour of troubled children so that we can understand their needs through the lens of Developmental Trauma. Developmental Trauma is a set of complex difficulties affecting a child’s sensory systems, dissociative responses, attachment, capacity for regulation, identity and cognitive abilities.

Understanding how to identify Developmental Trauma, how to engage dysregulated children, and developing a trauma-informed support plan will enable participants to experience a renewed sense of hopefulness and efficacy in creating change for traumatised children.

Complex Developmental Trauma – Learning Outcomes

– Brief focus on the neurobiology of trauma in children
– What is trauma, and how does Developmental Trauma present itself?
– Responses to trauma
– Implications for trauma-informed practice and healing trauma
– Practice considerations: How we can help (across systems)
– Rethinking behaviour and zero tolerance relationship
– Helping the child calm the body/brain. Supporting emotional regulation
– Developing competency

Format: Taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, whole group discussion

Hand-outs: Full hand-outs and sources of further information will be provided 

Is the Complex Developmental Trauma course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. Also, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate

This course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

You can also see how this course fits into our wider Therapeutic Fostering package here.

Courses are also available specifically for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

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