Wilma's Social Workshops - Building skills to support families

Workshop detail:

Trauma Informed Responses to Challenging Behaviours

For further enquiries and group bookings, please contact Wilma on wilma@wilmassocialworkshops.com.au or call 0429 163 357

This two day workshop focuses on strategies to help children, adolescents and their parents address challenging behaviours at home, at school and in the community. 
Children & Adolescents who have experienced trauma show their ongoing distress mostly through behavioural and emotional responses. They rely on safe and dependable adults to help them navigate their difficulties, so they can focus on the very important tasks of playing, learning and growing. Children and adolescents will have a better chance to recover and build resilience when they feel loved, accepted, when they feel they belong and their contributions and efforts matter, no matter how small.

The beauty of trauma informed practice responses is that it works for everyone, not just children who’ve experienced trauma. While the same is definitely not true for the reverse.

Guiding principles and Content

This workshop is based on proven strategies which support connection and skills building for the children and adolescents who are struggling at (foster)home, school and in the community. 

This interactive workshop explores briefly what is going on below the surface on a physical, sensory and neuro-biological level. 

Strategies from trauma informed practice, attachment based parenting and non- punitive behaviour management will be discussed and practised.

The main focus of the workshop will be on applications for everyday life. There will be opportunities to practice and experience these powerful ways of connecting and teaching children and young people ways to overcome their difficulties and develop important social-emotional skills.

We will discuss and practice strategies which will help children and young people (with support from a safe adult):
  • Reclaim a sense of Safety and Control 
  • Relax, be grounded and regulate strong emotions 
  • Feel they belong, matter and can contribute to the wellbeing of family, peers and community
  • Get organised and manage daily routines
  • Problem solve, share and develop empathy 
  • Manage risk taking behaviour
  • Build Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth

For Who

This workshop is for social workers, counsellors, psychologists, youth workers, mental health practitioners, community workers, parent support workers, foster parents, school staff, child care workers, community based nurses etc. who have experience working with children, adolescents & their parents and wish to add more depth to their practice. The strategies and responses practised can be used to support children, adolescents and their (foster)parents at home, at school and in the community It will be helpful if you already have a basic understanding of the neuro-biology of trauma. 

This workshop is currently only available for group bookings for teams and organisations

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:
  • Summarise the components of Trauma Informed Practice
  • Apply the principles of attachment based connection & parenting
  • Identify ways to create a safe environment with and for children & adolescents
  • Assist children & adolescents to (re)connect with their bodies, their feelings and themselves
  • Have experienced the power of these responses yourself
  • Identify practical ideas to support the everyday functioning of children & adolescents in their home and school environment
  • Apply strategies to manage risk taking behaviours
  • Address children's challenging behaviours in a non-punitive way and support parents to do the same

For further enquiries and group bookings, please contact Wilma on wilma@wilmassocialworkshops.com.au or call 0429 163 357
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