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Working with Children: Helping Children Cope with Trauma

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 The main focus of this two-day workshop on how to engage safely with children affected by the experience of trauma, restore internal safety and the ability to self-soothe, particularly when they are operating in a hypervigilant state. This workshop will be experiential and you will learn different therapeutic techniques when working with traumatised children. You will have an opportunity to practice techniques on how to establish a safe retreat when children feel overwhelmed or unsafe and learn techniques for self-soothing and self-regulating emotions.

We invite any professionals who would like to learn how to support children exposed to violent events or other trauma which have inflicted lasting emotional damage. Children don’t need to be direct victims to be affected by trauma; they simply can be witnesses of violence, life-threatening accidents, natural disasters or even terrorist events etc. We are going to share our experiences of working with children where we help them to learn how to accept and self-regulate difficult feelings that lead to impulsive and aggressive behaviours; increase concentration; manage physical discomfort and set up boundaries.

Children and young people often have the same range and intensity of feelings as adults but may need help identifying and expressing their emotions. Therefore there are some differences in addressing trauma in adults and children at different stages (Early Childhood, Middle Childhood and Adolescence). We will be covering some of these differences in our course.  

As we know children exposed to complex trauma can experience lifelong problems that put them at risk of further difficulties, including many mental health labels. In our experience these labels were given simply because there are not enough trained professionals in trauma recovery, therefore medication is often a panacea to address mental health symptoms in children. We also know that many chronic medical illnesses and legal, vocational, and family problems can be linked directly to traumatic experiences. These difficulties may extend from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood (Cook et al., 2005). 

Location Leeds
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 05 Dec 2020
Amount £190
Organiser Complex Trauma Institute
Keywords Child, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Trauma
Regions Yorkshire and the Humber


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