Repairing toxic stress and trauma in the early years

Learn how to understand and respond to early traumatic experiences when you work with or care for young children.

This foundational workshop is designed to examine the most recent research on the impact of toxic stress and trauma on brain development, provide a framework for understanding the consequences of stress on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development and explore implications for practice in a range of early childhood settings.  Practice implications focus on the value of relational exchanges as a core method for repairing the impacts of these experiences on very young children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Increase their understanding of the neuroscience of normative brain development in children under 8 years
  • Expand their knowledge of the way that toxic stress and trauma shapes the functioning and development of young children
  • Identify and utilise practical and realistic strategies that can support young children affected by toxic stress and trauma and their families, using a relational framework
  • Build their awareness of vicarious trauma and strategies to address the need for self-care when working with traumatised children


Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for professionals working in long day care, family day care, kindergarten, outside school hours care, allied health and multidisciplinary staff, early childhood intervention services, family support services and maternal and child health.


Our Trainers

All training sessions delivered by the Australian Childhood Foundation are facilitated by members of our therapeutic services and professional education services teams. These staff members are qualified and experienced professionals that are engaging in trauma-informed practice with children, young people and families across Australia. Training team members draw on their practice wisdom and current experiences to contextualise the training content to practice challenges and successes.  They are able to link the theory and research to improved outcomes.  

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