Therapeutic Parenting for Traumatised Children Week 1 (of 6) 9th February 2023


Therapeutic Parenting for Traumatised Children Week 1 (of 6) 9th February 2023

Level 2 course

This 6 week course runs from 10am – 1pm on the following dates. 9th February, 23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 30th March. You will need to attend all 6 dates to complete the course.

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 Week 1 Attachment & Trauma

Brain Development, Trauma & Attachment

How do attachment relationships support the development of a child’s healthy brain, mind & body?

What is the circle of security?

What is primary maternal/paternal preoccupation and why is it important?

How attachment interfaces with Trauma

Attachment strategies- how they develop

How attachment strategies affect a child’s behaviour

Week 2 Blocked Trust and Miscuing

What is blocked trust/epistemic mistrust and how does it develop?

How toxic shame impacts on a child’s sense of self and behaviour

Miscuing – hidden and expressed needs and learned dysfunctional ways of attempting to get needs met

Indicators of miscuing

How to respond to help a child who has learned to protect themselves through miscuing to express their needs in healthier ways


Week 3 Emotional Attunement & Building Relationship Connections

What is emotional attunement and why is it important for traumatised children?

What is contingent responding and how does it relate to helping a child to feel accepted and understood?

Why it may be challenging to building an emotional connection with a child who has experienced hurt and betrayal

The importance of therapeutic parenting and being mind-minded for children who have been neglected and abused

How therapeutic parenting increases safety and reduces stress in traumatised children

Introduction to DDP Principles


Week 4 All Behaviour is Communication – Supporting the Child

The problem with traditional behaviour management approaches for children who have experienced developmental trauma

Exploring own experiences of being responded to as children around behaviour

Different parenting styles in response to children’s emotions and behaviour

The importance of connection before correction to build and maintain trust and to help children to learn from correction

Nervous system arousal- the window of tolerance- bringing children back into balance using PACE

Sensory regulation strategies to help children to be engaged, alert and calm


Week 5 Understanding Attachment History

Build a genogram- reflection on own family of origin

Our own attachments- the importance of understanding our past relationships and attachment history in caring for traumatised children

How our own attachment experiences may be triggered by the child’s

How our brain and bodies influence our thinking, feelings, behaviour and responses to the child

exploring and understanding our own stress patterns and sensory regulation in the face of everyday challenges

Moving from defensive to open and engaged in relationships to help engender trust in a traumatised child


Week 6 Blocked Care and Self Care

Our strengths and vulnerabilities as parents

How our thoughts and beliefs influence our feelings and behaviour

The importance of self-care to maintain resilience

Exploring blocked care

Beginning our own self-care plans

Energy medicine- self-calming strategies that really work

Review the programme as a whole




Start Time

09/02/2023 10:00 am

End Time

09/02/2023 1:00 pm


Dr Christina Enright


Child Psychologist - Attachment and Trauma Specialist


AC Education