Trauma Responsive Practice with Children

What is this training about?


Developmental (or relational) trauma has a significant impact on the developing brain, children’s behaviour and how they experience relationships. It can result in children experiencing developmental delays and significant difficulties regulating their emotions, adapting their behaviour and being attuned to social exchanges.

This can lead to a fundamental challenge for children to experience safety and engage in relational exchanges that support them. The widespread impact of these experiences of trauma has profound implications for how carers, practitioners, programs, and systems support children.

These children need adults and systems which understand the impact of their trauma experiences on their development and functioning. With understanding, adults and systems can be more effective in the support they provide children to heal.

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to review the foundational knowledge of complex developmental trauma and a conceptual trauma responsive practice framework to facilitate the application of this knowledge to work across multiple contexts.  This framework will then be used to explore specific strategies that participants can use in their own practice.

This workshop is aimed at people working with and caring for infants, children and young people who have experienced trauma including; Child Protection practitioners; Mental health and allied health professionals; Educators and early-learning staff; Family Support Services and Out of Home Care staff.

What will you learn?

Please note, this workshop assumes a knowledge of child abuse, trauma theory, the impact of trauma on children and the neurobiology of trauma.

It is strongly recommended that you have completed a foundational workshop surrounding the above concepts prior to attending this workshop.  A good option is to attend our Understanding the Neurobiology of Complex Trauma workshop. Click here to find out more.

Learning Outcomes


By attending this workshop you will:

  • Review your understanding of neurobiology and the impacts of trauma from abuse, violence or neglect on development and functioning.
  • Be provided a conceptual model of trauma responsive work with children who have experienced developmental (relational) trauma.
  • Explore evidence-based practice strategies for intervention with traumatised children and young people, and their parents
  • Translate theory to practice. Participants will be aided to identify and contextualise strategies for working with children who have experienced complex trauma to their work.
  • Experience a staff wellbeing approach that is also included in a trauma responsive practice model.

What difference will this make to your practice?

Adults who care for and/or work with children impacted by abuse-related trauma can often feel uncertain about how to best respond to the emotional and behavioural manifestations of trauma and how to best support them to heal from their trauma experiences.

This workshop will not only resource you with the foundational knowledge of the neurobiology of trauma and enhance your understanding of trauma-informed practice principles; it will also support you to explore ways of contextualising your newly gained knowledge to practice across all environments in which children live, learn and relate.

Having completed the workshop, you will feel more confident in applying the neuroscience and research of trauma to direct practice with children and to the development of child-serving systems, programs, and interventions.