Reflective session – Caring for children and young people with trauma


Reflective Sessions
These reflective sessions are designed to share knowledge and experiences and reflect on the benefits of the trauma informed carer program.

These sessions provide an opportunity for you to carefully consider care giving knowledge and activities and to help you to grow more sensitive to your own and the needs of the children in your care.

Each session will begin by exploring a particular theme from the on-line program.

What is Childhood Trauma and why is it important to Know This?
The most common reasons behind children entering the out of home care system are due to the traumatic impact of abuse, neglect, and family violence. This abuse can include: physical emotional and sexual abuse. Many of the children have experienced polyvictimisation. That is, they experience many types of abuse. 

This session will reflect on:
  • Definitions of trauma
  • Acute trauma
  • Complex trauma
  • Historical/intergenerational trauma
Brain Development and Trauma
Trauma shapes not only how children interact in the world, but also how they physically and developmentally grow. Once we understand the profound impacts that experiences of trauma have on children, it helps us to connect and be compassionate.

In this session we will reflect on:
  • Symptoms of trauma
  • How does the stress response system work?
  • What is the impact of exposure
    to trauma?

Child Development and Trauma
Trauma can seriously disrupt important aspects of child development. These may include foundational development in the areas of language, mobility, physical and social skills and managing emotions.

In this session we will reflect on:
  • Indicators of trauma at differing ages and stages

Childhood Trauma and Attachment Difficulties
In trauma-informed care, the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of and indicator for successful healing and recovery. The disrupted attachment beliefs that children experience need to be acknowledged and addressed. Carers need to create an environment that redefines those disrupted attachment beliefs.

In this session we will reflect on:
  • Attachment
  • Attachment Types
  • Safety
  • Trust
  • Dependency
Childhood Trauma and The Importance of Relationships
Therapeutic caring is the term used to describe the type of high structure/high nurture intentional caring that fosters the feelings of safety and connectedness so that a traumatised child can begin to heal and attach.

In this session we will reflect on:
  • Trauma sensitive caring
  • Curiosity: Being an emotional detective
  • Naming the need
  • Accepting that we cannot always be perfectly therapeutic
  • Accepting the child not the behaviour
  • Never asking the ‘why’ question
Trauma and Behaviour
When children have experienced trauma, particularly multiple traumatic events over an extended period of time, their bodies, brains, and nervous systems adapt in an effort to protect them. This might result in behaviors such as increased aggression, distrusting or disobeying adults, or even dissociation (feeling disconnected from reality).

This session will reflect on:
  • Responding to behaviours that challenge in a reflective way
  • Making sense of behaviours that challenge
  • Time-in
  • PACE
How Carers Can Support Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Trauma affects a child’s behaviour, feelings, relationships, and view of the world in profound ways. This session will reflect on how carers. Children who have experienced traumatic events need to feel safe and to belong.

This session will reflect on:
  • Trust and relationships
  • Identify trauma triggers
  • Being consistent and predictable
  • Being emotionally and physically available
  • Responding, no reacting
Caring for Ourselves
Caring for a child who has experienced trauma can be difficult. Carers can sometimes feel isolated, as if no one else understands what they are going through. This can put a strain not only on your relationship with your child, but with other family members and the services that support them.

In this session we will reflect on:
  • Being honest about your expectations for your child and your relationship
  • Celebrating small victories
  • Signs of secondary trauma
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Seeking support


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