RTO 22094

10800NAT Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma

What is this training about?

The 10800NAT Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma was initially developed in response to an industry need identified by the Australian Childhood Foundation and continues to be based on the feedback of professionals across Australia.  This innovative, practical and relevant post-graduate qualification is appropriate for welfare, education, health and other professionals interested in enhancing their practice with abused and traumatised children, young people, and their families.

The development of knowledge about neurobiology is continuing to form the basis for practice with children and young people who have experienced abuse and violence. It includes an understanding of normative brain and body development and the subsequent effect of abuse-related trauma on the brain architecture and physiological functioning of children and young people.

The qualification presents participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to the needs of children and young people affected by the cumulative developmental and neurobiological harm caused by abuse and violence.  It also provides the basis for participants to learn how to implement creative, consistent and multi-systemic responses to traumatised children, young people, and their carers and family. This course has been consistently highly evaluated by the participant groups.

How will the course be delivered?

The course is delivered in just over 12 months, spread across 3 semesters, incorporating a total of 650 hours. This includes formal and informal learning activities, reading and research, peer collaboration activities and assessment preparation and completion.

During the course, we work collaboratively with students to reinforce their skills, acknowledge their expertise and seek to extend their engagement throughout the course. We utilise a range of delivery methods, several experienced course facilitators and continual opportunities to link theory to practice. The course provides a postgraduate specialist qualification for those working with children, young people and their families who have experienced abuse, trauma, and violence

Public Courses –  Delivery Mode

The course uses a Blended Delivery mode which means it is delivered through a combination of self-paced online learning and 11 days of live, virtual classroom sessions and regular tutorials throughout the course.  This model also integrates individual learning opportunities, student support and application into the workplace.

Organisational Specific Delivery

Australian Childhood Foundation can also tailor courses for groups of staff from individual organisations who are looking for a consistent and contextualised learning experience. The team at the Foundation will work with you to arrange a delivery mode that can incorporate face-to-face, live virtual classroom and self-paced online learning programs that best meet the needs of your team.  Contact our Support Services team at support@childhood.org.au to discuss this option in more detail. Please note, that this option will include a customised fee structure depending on the delivery mode, the number of students and the amount of contextualisation required.

The overall goals of the course are to:

  • Increase skills and knowledge to work effectively with children and young people building on the skills developed in the student’s original qualifications and practical experience to facilitate the best outcomes.
  • Provide recognition of professional development in neurobiology and trauma-based practice through an accredited course.
  • Build the overall knowledge base of professionals working with children and young people who are traumatized and may be living in a range of settings including within the family home, in foster care, residential care, kinship care or experiencing homelessness, and
  • Formalise a trauma-focused response framework across sectors.


Course pre-requisites

This course has been developed for education, welfare, health and other professionals working in the field, with previous qualifications and significant experience.  It is expected that these participants are:

  • Seeking to enhance current practice
  • Creative
  • Looking for challenging information
  • Seeking inspiration, validation or re-energising
  • Focused on positive outcomes for children, young people, and their families.

The course would suit individuals working in child protection, out of home care, family violence services, family support, drug and alcohol services, youth support programs and education settings. It will also resource the development of individuals with roles providing care in foster and/or residential care.

To undertake this course, you will need to provide evidence of

  • Being over 18 AND
  • Having access to a computer and the internet AND
  • Being currently employed in a relevant role AND
  • Meeting current working with children requirements of the relevant State or Territory AND
  • Having obtained an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in  education, youth work, welfare, social work, psychology, social science or equivalent OR
  • Having obtained an Advanced Diploma or Diploma qualification in community services, youth work, nursing or welfare OR
  • Having recent significant previous experience (a minimum of 2 years full time or equivalent) working in a community sector organization or relevant equivalent, in a job role involving the self-directed application of knowledge, the exercise of judgement and decision making responsibilities, working with children, young people and/or families.

Information for prospective and current students

Throughout the course these are some of the activities you will need to complete:

  • Working directly with children and young people in your practice
  • Finding a mentor who can assist with applying theory into practice
  • Effectively participating in a Community of Practice with other practitioners through the sharing of practice examples of working with children, young people and families. These may be from your workplace or your peers in the course.
  • Completing a reflective journal about working with trauma-informed practice with children, young people and/or families
  • Developing case studies about implementing trauma-informed theory into practice
  • Implementing trauma-informed practice strategies in the workplace
  • Allocating 650 hours to study for this course

Before enrolling, review the list above to ensure that you will be able to complete the requirements. If you have any questions, please contact our Support Services team at support@childhood.org.au

For more information about our RTO visit our web page at the following link


What is the application and enrolment process?

Step 1

Review the relevant information booklet and the Australian Childhood Foundation website to see if this qualification is something you are interested in and to see if you meet the pre-requisites.

Step 2

Commence the application process at the bottom of this page.  You will be asked a series of information questions about yourself and your role. At this stage, you will also need to complete our language, literacy and numeracy checklist.  You will also be asked if you would like to be considered for eligibility for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).

Once you have completed the application form you will receive an application confirmation email, acknowledging that we have received your application.

Step 3

Your registration will be reviewed by our course coordinators and eligibility determined against the course pre-requisites.

Step 4

You will receive an email from us advising whether your application has been successful or an email or phone call if we need further information – such as for an RPL application – or if you are not successful.

Step 5

If your application is successful we will provide you with an enrolment link.
Upon completing the enrolment form, you will need to provide a copy of government-issued ID (Drivers License, Passport etc.) your qualifications, a copy of State/ Territory working with children’s check and your Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Step 6

You will receive confirmation of your enrolment and an invoice, if successful, or receive an email or call from us to either ask for further information or advise you if you are not successful.

Step 7

You can now access your learner portal and will receive further information as required about your specific course.  Welcome to the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma!

Course Fees

The cost of the 10800NAT Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma is $6,200 for public students.

The course cost includes:

  • 11 days of training and all assessments
  • Access to online content modules, that includes additional learning materials, interactive activities and knowledge checks
  • Support from Course Coordinators, Facilitators and the Support Services team
  • Regular tutorials
  • Access to an additional online learning module focused on working with problem sexualized behaviours,
  • An electronic copy of the required text for the course – Mitchell, J,Tucci, J & Tronick, E (eds) (2020) The handbook of therapeutic care for children – evidence-informed approaches to working with traumatised children and adolescents in foster, kinship and adoptive care, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.

For all courses, there is a non-refundable administration fee of $250.

This course is nationally accredited by ASQA and aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

The period of accreditation is 01/07/2019-30/06/2024

The copyright owner of the course, and its units of competency, is Australian Childhood Foundation.

There are no equivalent qualifications.

Further details are available by clicking below.

RTO 22094

Find further info here