Early Years

Introduction to relational trauma

What is this training about?

This training workshop provides an understanding of normal brain development and the impact of trauma on the brain and child’s behaviour. The role early childhood educators and other professionals play in building nurturing and supportive relationships with the child and their family.

What will you learn?

By attending this workshop participants will be able to:

    • Build awareness of vicarious trauma and strategies to address the need for self-care when working with traumatised children
    • Develop strategies and build the capacity of/within the service to identify and respond supportively to those staff experiencing vicarious trauma
    • Have a better understanding of the context of the trauma for families – brain development and impact of trauma on the brain.
    • Enhance the ability to use relationships between staff and traumatised children as vehicles for change
    • Knowing how to build meaningful and non-judgemental relationships with families
    • Understanding how toxic stress and trauma shape the functioning and development of young children
    • Building nurturing and supportive relationships with children and families

What difference will this make to your practice?

Participants will be able to start making difference in their practice immediately. They will be able to respond to children affected by relational trauma in a supportive and healing way.

Participants will be more aware of vicarious trauma which will enable them to be able to better support colleagues who may be suffering from vicarious trauma and be able to better look after themselves,

We know the most important aspect of healing for children affected by relational trauma is the relationship with a strong, kind, wise and calm adult. This training supports all adults working with young children to be that safe person for young children.