Therapeutic Parenting for Traumatised Children Week 2 (of 9-week course)


Therapeutic Parenting for Traumatised Children Week 2 (of 9-week course) 23rd April 2024

This Level 2 course covers 6 Modules. Course dates : 16th, 23rd, 30th April, 7th, 14th, 21st May, 4th, 11th, 18th June

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Module 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.

Module 2 Blocked Trust and Miscuing

What is blocked trust 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.

Module 3 Emotional Attunement & Building Relationship Connections

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

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.

Module 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.

Module 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 build trust in a traumatised child.

Module 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.

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Start Time

23/04/2024 6:00 pm

End Time

23/04/2024 8:00 pm


Dr Christina Enright


Psychologist Attachment and Trauma Specialist


AC Education