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Working With Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

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Kilkenny Education Centre

Callan Road

Kilkenny

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This course is recommended for those working in education, health and social care professions (Primary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Early Years Practitioners, Social Workers, Youth Workers, GPs, Nurses, SNAs/CAs, Counselors, NQTs, Home School Community Liaison Officers, Principals, Boards of Management, Administration Staff).

"After 30 years working with young people at risk and their families the most important thing is that they feel you are on their side or as you put it their ally.I thoroughly enjoyed this course and it was so relevant."

David Carter, Principal of St. Paul's YEP, Finglas

According to Mental Health Ireland (2019), one in every ten children in Ireland suffers from mental health difficulties, particularly anxiety and depression. Suicide and self-harm rates in Ireland are among the highest in Europe and the numbers are increasing year on year. At the same time, we have longer waiting times for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services so many children and their families have to manage their issues without appropriate intervention. This often leads to mayhem within classrooms where children act out their emotions and interfere with the learning of others, leaving teachers feeling ill-equipped to manage the situation. These issues also arise within healthcare and social care settings so staff working in these areas must have a deep understanding of the inner workings of trauma.

Working with children from the perspective of understanding their experience, no matter what the trauma was, means that teachers can provide a quality of teaching that is unparalleled in terms of contributing to a long-lasting impact, and health and social care staff can work towards providing a more holistic treatment and/or care plan. For those in the education sector, tailoring lesson plans to be more empathetic and responsive to the needs of the child means that they will be more engaged and therefore want to learn more. This is an intrinsically valuable tool because research shows how education and knowledge can be a buffer for trauma in children and is likely to lead to better outcomes, despite their background. The leadership within education, health and social care settings must incorporate a trauma-informed perspective and this has to begin somewhere.

After participants engage in this course, they will be equipped with the knowledge of how to work with and appreciate the complexities of children who have experienced trauma, and they can then share this knowledge. This means that the leadership in their workplace can implement this innovative ethos with all staff, thus improving the lives of so many more children.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

"Having gained so much information this week doing this course I feel confident going forward to be able to put together an action plan on how we can establish a trauma informed ethos in our setting. Information is key so it is vital that the people working in our setting have as much information as possible. Doing this course has been invaluable so I will be passing on all the information and youtube links to my co-worker."

Marguerite Cunneen, EYP, Co Limerick

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