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Working with children and young people who have experienced traumatic stress


16/05/2019 09:30






About this event

Traumatic events are shocking and emotionally overwhelming.  These events vary in type, source, timing and impact. They can be experienced at different developmental stages, within different contexts and in the presence or absence of different internal and external resources and challenges. Traumatic events shape development and can impact on how children complete tasks, develop skills and engage with others throughout their lives.

This training is an introduction to working with traumatic stress using the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Framework (ARC).

Key learning:

  • Using the ARC framework to recognise danger signals and understand past and present dangers
  • Managing responses and laying the foundations for the development of competencies
  • Working with trauma through different contexts, including daily, community and culture
  • Identifying internal and external resources and challenges
  • Providing a safe context for children.

Who Should Attend

This course is for the more experienced practitioner.  Trauma is a complex subject therefore attendees should understand Attachment Theory and how their own attachment pattern impacts on those they are working with. This course requires the ability to reflect on your practice and be open to understanding that the children and young people in your care have the ability to pick up on your mood – even when you think you have left your worries at home.

Facilitator bio

Jan is an experienced youth worker, specialising in working with young people.  She is a qualified psychotherapist, play therapist and life coach.

Jan has worked in health and social care in various roles throughout her career.  She is a qualified Play and Creative Arts Therapist, an Accredited Adult Psychotherapist and a qualified Coach. Jan has just completed a Certificate in Traumatic Stress with the Trauma Centre at Bessel van der Kolk’s Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, and is in the process of completing her EMDR qualification.  

Jan worked with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the voluntary sector for almost a decade. This was where she developed her interest in working with attachment and trauma. Jan moved from this area to working in foster care to support children and carers of traumatised children. Today, Jan works with adults with mental health challenges which prevents them from moving into employment. 

Jan has been delivering training for a number of years. She enjoys taking complex subjects and making them accessible to everyone. She believes that theories are important but understanding how they apply in practice is essential if we are to offer best practice to those who use our services.

Jan loves learning new things. She enjoys being creative; embroidery and lapidary are just two of her favourite pastimes.

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