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Sat, 19 Feb


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Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Children & Young People

This 2-day training package offers an abundance of learnings around the multi-layered impact of trauma, neglect, toxic stress, and disrupted attachment on children, adolescents, and on their surrounding adults.

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Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Children & Young People
Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Children & Young People

Time & Location

19 Feb 2022, 10:00 – 20 Feb 2022, 16:00

Online Event


About The Event

Understanding the Impact of Relational and Developmental Trauma and Disrupted Attachment on Children’s Brains, Bodies, Emotions, Relationships, and Behaviours.


This 2-day training package offers an abundance of learnings around the multi-layered impact of trauma, neglect, toxic stress, and disrupted attachment on children, adolescents, and on their surrounding adults. It Includes the impact of trauma and disrupted attachment on the body (physical and sensory), brain (cognitive and neuropsychological), emotions, behaviours, learning, and relationships.

This workshop will also have a spotlight on the important of language, words, and how we story people in our written and verbal communications.

 Although the content of this workshop can be emotive and potentially triggering; there will also be an emphasis on hope, resilience, and survivorship. 

These days use a range of metaphors, props, video clips, experiential learning, and case studies to bring the contents alive. This workshop also draws on the latest evidence-base and neuroscience findings but delivers them in an accessible engaging and applicable way. 

This training draws on the attachment, loss, stress, and trauma theory base, however with a focus of translating the findings into day-to-day child protection and children in care case work and practical tips.

Self-care reminder:

Please note this workshop does discuss potentially emotive and triggering material around domestic violence, neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse- so please be mindful of your own wellbeing.

Outline of The Day:

  • Explore what is meant by the terms relational and developmental trauma?
  • Provide a rational and framework for relationship-based trauma-informed practice.
  • Consider and reflect on some of the trauma and loss experiences which many of these children have faced and still face.
  • Learn about why children’s social and emotional age may be different to their chronological age.
  • Consider some of the multi-layered impact that these experiences have on children’s brains, bodies, relationships, behaviours, and emotions. Including on areas such as emotional-regulation, sensory processing, and impulse control.
  • Reflect on key elements such as “behaviour as communication” and identifying children and our own multi-layered triggers.
  • Reflect and explore some of the power around language and words.
  • Reflect on some of the wider impact of trauma on the surrounding systems such as the family, school, and organisations.
  • Consider some of the literature and examples around resilience, hope, and strengths-based practice.

Learning Methods:

The days will utilise an array of learning and teaching styles including small group discussions, experiential hands-on learning, multimedia methods, and lecture delivery. Case studies and live examples will be interwoven throughout.

Props and interactive learning materials will also be used to model the model of being whole-brain informed.

Handouts, additional learning resources, and recommended reading will be provided.

Aims and Objectives of the Day:

  • Develop further knowledge and understanding about the impact of early trauma and disrupted attachment on children’s overall development.
  • Gain further insight into the latest brain science and neurobiology around childhood trauma and neglect.
  • Link trauma and attachment theories to real life case examples.
  • Consider how emotional regulation develops in childhood, and how it can be influenced by trauma and disrupted attachment.
  • Reflect on how trauma can impact a child’s developmental trajectory and “age”.
  • Consider typical behavioural presentations within this client group and how these can be formulated from an attachment and trauma perspective.
  • Learn about how to identify children’s multi-sensory triggers and emotional hotspots.
  • Consider the impact of the words and language we use in verbal and written communication.
  • Gain further understanding as to why therapeutic re-parenting and relationship-based trauma-informed practice is so fundamental to children’s progress.

About Karen:

Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. She also is the author of 10 books, including the bestselling book, “The therapeutic treasure box”, 4 sets of therapeutic card decks, and 6 therapeutic soft cuddly toys.

Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, adversity (ACE’s) and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems, and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children. Karen also specialises in supporting organisations and systems to move towards becoming, and to sustain adversity, culturally and, trauma-informed, infused, and responsive practice. 

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