Supporting Children and Young People to Heal from the Trauma of Family Violence

Supporting Trauma Responsive Parenting after Family Violence.

What is this training about?

Children and young people do not escape family violence unaffected.  It destabilises the foundations of their development and undermines the strengths of their relationships which can overwhelm them. Children experience family violence deep in their mind and body – they see it, often hear it and their bodies react to it as a threat to their survival.

Experiences of family violence define what children can say when and to whom. It dictates what they should think. It determines how they should react. It sometimes makes the truth a secret.

For children, family violence often disconnects them from their family, their community and their place in the world. It disrupts how everything works. It forces their routines to be less certain, less predictable.  Children experience loss as a result of family violence. They sometimes have to leave behind their room, their home, their neighbourhood. Some have to change schools. They miss their teachers, their friends.

Finding the courage to leave a violent relationship and rebuild the lives of their family requires mothers and children to meet many complex challenges. The aftermath of family violence can affect the ways in which children and mothers interact. It can affect the confidence of mothers to understand and meet the developmental needs of their children. In the mix, there is the need to understand whether to and how to involve the parent who has acted violently.

This workshop explores all of these elements and supports practitioners to work in a child focused and relationally reparative context with parents and children following experiences of family violence.

What will you learn?

By attending this workshop, you will:

  • Review your knowledge of core constructions of family violence,
  • Enhance your understanding of the neurobiological impacts of experiences of violence and trauma,
  • Explore the importance of relationships as developmental resources and opportunities for repair,
  • Engage with practical strategies to reconnect parents and children in safe and nurturing relational exchanges,
  • Focus on the strengths that parents bring to parenting after family violence, and
  • Link the knowledge and interventions explored in this workshop to your or your team’s current and future practice.

What difference will this make to your practice?

Working with vulnerable children, young people and their families who have experienced family violence trauma is complex and requires a holistic trauma responsive approach.

This workshop builds on a framework of the neurobiology of toxic stress and trauma as well as a hope-based resourcing model that acknowledges and builds on relational strengths.  It is suitable for all practitioners working with families who have experienced family violence.

This workshop will provide you with foundational knowledge of the neurobiological impact of trauma and specifically explore the impact of family violence trauma within families.  It offers a model for trauma responsive practice which considers the diversity of the experience of family violence and a respectful, trauma responsive framework for engaging effectively with families to begin the process of healing form family violence.

It is grounded in the extensive work of the Australian Childhood Foundation in the family violence sector where their ongoing focus on supporting children who have experienced violence is long acknowledged and well respected.