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 via 24 training days, individual learning, participant support and application into the workplace. Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the face to face sessions will be delivered as interactive online workshops until further notice. Support will be provided to access this learning method.

The delivery model reinforces the skills of participants, acknowledges their expertise and seeks to extend their engagement throughout the course. It utilises a range of delivery methods, a number of 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.

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 participant’s original qualifications and practical experience to facilitate the best outcomes.
  • Provide recognition of professional development about 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 the following:

  • 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:

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What is the application and enrolment process?

You can find further details about the application and enrolment processes provided in the course information booklet for our June and August intakes.

Step 1

Review the information in this booklet and on the ACF 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 course!


If you would like further information please contact us at support@childhood.org.au

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.

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Course Fees

The standard cost of the 10800NAT Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma is $5,900. An early bird fee of $5,300 is available if an application and payment is accepted by the dates as outlined in the course brochures:

June and August intakes

The online course cost includes:

  • 24 days of training (August intake taking place 12:00pm – 6:00pm AEST),
  • Individual participant support,
  • Downloadable electronic versions of the course materials available via our electronic learning portal,
  • Access to an additional online learning module focused on working with problem sexualized behaviours,
  • A 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