10462NAT Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma

A course designed for professionals, by professionals in the child trauma field.  Learn about the impacts of trauma on development, models of intervention, assessment and systems for support.

The only nationally accredited vocational qualification dealing with trauma available in Australia.

The 10462NAT Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma (formerly the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma) was developed in response to an industry need identified by the Australian Childhood Foundation and has been running since 2010.  This innovative, practical and relevant post-graduate qualification is relevant to welfare, education and health professionals interested in enhancing their practice with abused and traumatised children, young people and their families.

The continuing development of knowledge about neurobiology is continuing to form the basis for practice with children and young people who have experienced abuse and violence. It includes an understanding of normative brain and body development and the subsequent effect of abuse-related trauma on the brain architecture and physiological functioning of children and young people.

The qualification presents participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to the needs of children and young people affected by the cumulative developmental and neurobiological harm caused by abuse and violence.  It also provides the basis for participants to learn how to implement creative, consistent and multi-systemic responses to traumatised children, young people and their carers or family. This course has been consistently highly evaluated by the participant groups.

Course pre-requisites:

This course has been developed for education, welfare and health professionals working in the field, with previous qualifications and significant experience.  It is expected that these participants are:

  • seeking to enhance current practice
  • creative
  • looking for challenging information
  • seeking inspiration, validation or energising
  • focused on positive outcomes for children, young people and their families.

The course would suit individuals working in child protection, out of home care, family violence services, family support, drug and alcohol services, youth support programs and education settings. It will also resource the development of individuals with roles providing care in foster and/or residential care.

To undertake this course, you will need to provide evidence of  the following:

  • Being currently employed in a relevant role AND
  • A Bachelor or higher education qualification in youth work, welfare, social work, psychology, social science or equivalent OR
  • An Advanced Diploma qualification in community services, youth work, or welfare OR
  • Extensive experience working with children in an unsupervised capacity.

How will the course be delivered?

The course is delivered via 22 face to face training days, individual participant support and application into the workplace.

The delivery model reinforces the skills of participants, acknowledges their expertise and seeks to extend their engagement throughout the course. It utilises a range of delivery methods, a number of experienced course facilitators and continual opportunities to link theory to practice.

Upcoming Courses

In 2018, the course is being run in the following CBD locations:


Commencement Date 


19th March, 2018 


4th April, 2018 


8th May, 2018 


         8th August, 2018

If there isn't a course in your location, please contact us at courses@childhood.org.au to find out when the next intake is.

For more information please download the brochure available on this page.

Please email courses@childhood.org.au  with your name and details if you would like to nominate a course location as we are always happy to accommodate high levels of need in any particular location.

If you require any further information regarding this course or any of our accredited training, please email courses@childhood.org.au

Gippsland Victoria Course Brochure

Download a 2018 course information booklet for prospective students of the Gippsland, Victoria course scheduled to begin in August 2018.

Student Handbook

Download a copy of the Student Handbook, that outlines the course support services, fees support, student support and more.

Applying the theory – two strategies for working with children and young people, suggested by students of our Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma

When delivering training, one of the constant learning objectives identified by participants is ‘we want strategies for working with children and young people who have experienced trauma’ or to put it as one participant did, ‘strategies, strategies, strategies’.