Therapeutic Parenting for Traumatised Children Week 3 (of 6) 2nd March 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
| 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