Understanding the Neurobiology of Complex Trauma

Building a framework for effective practice with children, young people and their network of relationships.

What is this training about?


This workshop provides a foundational understanding of complex developmental trauma and the application of this knowledge framework to work across multiple contexts supporting infants, children, young people, and families.  It is grounded in the most recent evidence from neuroscience.

Abuse related trauma has a significant impact on the developing brain. It can result in children experiencing 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.  Integrating systems of protection, care, and therapeutic intervention provide traumatised children with safety, predictability and the platform for changing their developmental trajectory.

The workshop explores the implications for framing trauma informed practice and provides specific and practical strategies for promoting recovery for children and young people who have experienced relationally based trauma.

It integrates insights from the major trauma theorists, researchers and practitioners into an effective framework that will deepen participant knowledge, confidence, and skills.

What will you learn?

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Learn in detail about brain/body development through childhood and adolescence,
  • Understand the ways that trauma shapes children and young people’s states, needs and experiences,
  • Develop creative and evidence based approaches and practice strategies  to enable children and young people to communicate and transform their experiences of trauma,
  • Build approaches that resource change across all environments in which children and young people live, learn and relate.

What difference will this make to your practice?

This workshop gives you both an enhanced understanding of complex relational trauma and specific strategies you can take back to your workplace tomorrow.