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Developmental Trauma: What Every Child Professional Needs to Know

Essential viewing for anyone working or living with children/young people who have experienced maltreatment.

(Please note this webinar includes some film footage that some viewers may find particularly distressing)

Dr Margot Sunderland defines what is meant by developmental trauma. She explores how it impacts on the brain leaving a whole raft of blocks to quality of life, e.g. compromised reward processing system, memory processing system and over-active threat response system in the brain, poor emotional regulation, blocked trust, seeing relationships as primarily being about power and control, low self-esteem and dissociation and re-victimisation as a defence against unbearable pain.

Dr Sunderland then discusses key relational interventions vital for recovery and also to support the process of repair in the brain (known as neuroplasticity and neurogenesis). She addresses how emotionally available adults need to be with these vulnerable children and specifically how to gain their trust and how to respond to times of intense emotion and to behaviours that challenge. She argues that it's vital for foster carers, adoptive parents and schools to be made aware of the very particular unmet emotional needs in these children and discusses how to meet those needs.

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Benefits from viewing

  • Learn how to recognise developmental trauma
  • Understand how developmental trauma is an interpersonal trauma and why it disrupts key relationships in the child’s life
  • Learn essential relational skills for connecting with children and young people who don’t trust
  • Understand how and when to hear the child’s story in order to bring about coherent narrative and ensure against doing to others what happened to them
  • Gain skills in how to set firm boundaries, whilst maintaining the child’s dignity and ensuring good connection and psychological safety
  • Understand dissociation and dissociative amnesia: the neuroscience, psychology and how to be and what to do
  • Understand how we can educate schools so they support the specific needs of children


Cost: £32 for 30 day subscription

Running time: Part one / two - 1 hr 58 mins

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