Childhood Trauma: Finding a Way Through

Event at University of Alberta

All Ages

Tagged in: Kids, Weekend

Has your child or a child you are supporting experienced physical or sexual abuse? Exposed to the foster care system? Suffered through a tragic event ? Experienced neglect? Witnessed or experienced violence? Endured extreme bullying? Or been impacted by a high-conflict divorce?
Supporting children who have experienced trauma can present significant challenges. They often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them. During this seminar we will explore the impact of trauma on neurological development and how this presents in children’s behaviours. The impact of trauma on the attachment system will also be examined, as will the role of relationship in healing and growth. Strategies to support children following experiences of trauma will be presented, giving attendees concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives and care for themselves.
Trauma can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. This workshop aims to offer practical information to caregivers and professionals on why certain behaviours may be present, and how they can support their children in moving towards growth and healing.

Who Should Attend:
Parents (biological, foster, and adoptive) mental health professionals (psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, case workers, psychiatric nurses), and teaching/educational professionals
Examine the impacts of trauma on neurological development
Explore the impacts of trauma on attachment systems and relational patterns
Foster a greater understanding of behavioural patterns commonly associated with traumatic experiences.
Highlight the importance of self-care for those who are supporting children that have experiences of trauma
Develop tools and strategies to support the children in your life
This presentation is appropriate for parents, caregivers, and mental health professionals. Refreshments will be provided with a break at 10:30am.

A certificate of completion will be granted after completion of this seminar.

This workshop is also eligible for reimbursement under "psychological services" for Employee Assistance Plans

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