Building New Pathways


Supporting Children and Adolescents to Repair from Early Childhood Trauma

This three-part series is designed for foster carers and kinship carers to support children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

Psychologist Phil Bird will be running this series.

Part 1: Trauma and Brain Development

This two-hour presentation will help with:

  • Understanding the impact of trauma on brain development; 
  • Explore the common behaviours that we might see as a result of compromised brain development;
  • Introduction to the Window of Tolerance and the 'trauma lens' for trauma based symptoms and behaviours to inform support strategies.  

Part 2: Trauma Informed Strategies for Complex Behaviours

This two-hour presentation covers:

  • Building new pathways: Repair strategies based on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (Bruce Perry) for children who have experienced early childhood trauma;
  • Building the Window of Tolerance: Practical strategies to be used on a daily basis to prevent challenging behaviour;
  • Trauma informed response strategies for common behaviours such as defiance, hyperactivity, sleep problems and aggressive behaviour.

Part 3: Creating a Secure Base - Attachment Focused Strategies

This two-hour presentation:

  • Provides an attachment focused framework and how to develop therapeutic relationships with children and adolescents who have experienced early attachment ruptures;
  • Strategies to create safe and therapeutic environments for traumatised children and adolescents;
  • Putting it all together - Reviewing trauma informed care in daily life.

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Part 1: 10th March, 2020
Part 2: 24th March, 2020
Part 3: 7th April, 2020


11:30am - 1:30pm


Belmont Library
19 Ernest St, Belmont


$100 for the 3 sessions

(Plus booking fees.)

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