Developmental Trauma: Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach with Children

Developmental trauma results from exposure to ongoing or repetitive trauma during childhood and can interfere with healthy attachment and development (Arthur et al. 2013). The time period within which this trauma occurs, and that it often within in a child’s care-giving system, is what makes it so impactful.

This one day training focuses on the neurobiology and brain development of a child and explores the impact and effects of exposure to ongoing or repetitive trauma in childhood. This workshop will define and describe the six main trauma-informed principles outlined in the literature and will incorporate trauma-informed strategies and effective practices. Practitioners will learn how to help the children in their care learn to cope with their personal experiences of trauma.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define trauma and understand developmental trauma
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of trauma in children
  • Understand the impacts and effects of developmental trauma
  • Define and understand trauma-informed practice
  • Identify the main principles of trauma-informed practice
  • Understand how to implement trauma-informed principles at an organizational, personal and practice level
  • Implement several trauma-informed strategies and effective practices when working with children

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