The Children’s Trauma Academy identifies that trauma is a psychologically distressing event outside of the range of ordinary human experiences that creates an intense and prolonged stress response. It is recognised that these incidents are usually outside of the typical human experiences, but sadly, for children in the foster care system, they can be very familiar.

In this module, we will explore the signs and symptoms of PTSD which make it different from many of the other trauma-related psychosocial injuries. We examine why PTSD may be going undiagnosed and review the estimated percentages for looked after children.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To describe the ways that PTSD impacts on the brain
  2. Understand the implications of Childhood  PTSD
  3. Understand the scope of the challenge
  4. Behaviours Associated with exposure to PTSD
  5. Understand how best to respond

Is this course for me?

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

Level: beginner / intermediate 

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