Understanding the Neurobiology of Complex Trauma: Building a framework for effective practice in the protection, education, placement and support of children and young people.

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. Without a focus on the traumagenic impact of abuse on children’s development, protective intervention and placement in out of home care often fail to assist children restore a sense of safety and control. Integrating systems of protection, placement and therapeutic intervention can provide traumatised children with safety, predictability and caring engagement.

This two day seminar explores the most recent research on the impact of abuse related trauma on brain/body development and provides a framework for understanding the consequences of abuse.  The seminar goes on to explore implications for trauma informed practice. Participants will explore specific and practical strategies for promoting recovery for children and young people who have experienced relationally based trauma.

This workshop is the recommended or prerequisite course for all other seminars facilitated by the Australian Childhood Foundation.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of brain/body development through childhood and adolescence.
  • Understand the way that trauma impacts children and adolescents n a range of ways.
  • Identify ways that trauma shapes children’s states and experiences.
  • Develop creative approaches to enable children to communicate and process their experiences of trauma.
  • Identify evidence based practice strategies for working with children who have experienced trauma and their families.
  • Build an approach that resources change across all areas of the child’s world.


Darwin 25/07/2017 - 26/07/2017 Australian Childhood Foundation, Unit 20 82 Nightcliff Road, Nightcliff NT 0810 Register
Hobart 15/08/2017 - 16/08/2017 CBD- Location to be advised Register
Brisbane 05/09/2017 - 06/09/2017 CBD- Location to be advised Register

Registration Fees

Early Bird Fee: $490 (GST inclusive)

Standard Fee: $550 (GST inclusive)

Discounts apply to online registrations which will be processed by credit card only. If you require an alternative payment method please download the relevant registration form from below:

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