Creating Trusting Connections
Helping Children Who Have Experienced Trauma And Loss
Healthy relationships in the early years facilitate optimal brain integration and development and are correlated with mental health. However, when children experience abuse, neglect or multiple caregivers, the high level of stress associated with these experiences changes the architecture of their brain and makes it difficult for them to establish relationships. In the absence of good enough relationships, these children are at risk for neurological, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges that effect their ongoing mental health and longterm wellbeing.
Many children, when placed in a setting that provides attuned and sensitive responsiveness, are able to learn how to engage in and benefit from the dyadic experiences provided by a different family member, foster or adoptive parent. Other children who have been much more traumatised and compromised in those aspects of their development often have much greater difficulty responding to their new caregiver.
This workshop combines contemporary understanding of brain development and the principles of Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) to guide both helping professionals and carers in how they best support a child who cannot trust relationships.
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There is plenty of parking available onsite