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Practitioners need to understand how young children's brains are shaped by their early experiences and how they can respond to and support children who have experienced trauma. This training provides an overview of the impact of trauma, looks at traumas of omission and traumas of commission and provides practical ways in which you can respond to help and support the young children in your care.

Who it is for: Early Years professionals. 

Duration/format: 2 x 2hr live online training, or 3 webinars

Admission Requirements: No previous training required.

Cost: Live training £995,  Webinars £349 whole settings (2 month’s access), £60 individual views (1 month’s access)

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"The content was thought provoking for both work and life in general. It was great to find out more of the neuro science behind childhood development and also to discover the repair possibilities! A fantastic array of reading and links to resources where given. In a nut shell wow. I hope more people get the chance to learn this useful information." Billy Trenerry Programme co-ordinator Real Ideas


Research evidence shows that the adults who work with young children can have a powerful, positive, and long-lasting impact on their emotional and social well-being as well as their cognitive outcomes. To maximise the power of these caring relationships, practitioners need to understand how young children’s brains are shaped by their early experiences and how they can respond to and support children who have experienced trauma. This knowledge and understanding is especially important at the moment when we are facing added stresses and trauma in the years following the global pandemic. 

This training looks at traumas of omission (infants missing out on sufficient relational experiences) and traumas of commission (infants experiencing trauma such as separation, violence etc.) Without intervention, these can adversely affect the infant’s emotional, cognitive, and social development and long term physical and mental health. So, in this training we will address presenting symptoms, prevention, and intervention.


An understanding of Traumas of Omission and Commission

  • Conversational turns: key for language development and learning.
  • Caring comforting interactions that optimally activate positive arousal neurochemicals: key for the capacity to feel contentment, to love in peace and to have felt sense of all is well in my world.
  • Interactions that establish self-esteem: key for confidence, resilience, and self-compassion.
  • Affect attunement: key for social intelligence and capacity to develop fulfilling friendships.
  • Interactions that establish calm: key for the capacity to feel calm, at ease, and enjoy physical good health, quality of life and longevity.
  • Social joy and optimal activation of the brain’s PLAY and SEEKING systems: key for love of life and friendships, passion for learning and energised engagement in the world.
  • Mental state talk: key for long term mental health and self-awareness.
  • Separation trauma
  • The trauma of the still face
  • The trauma of a parent’s unprocessed trauma
  • The trauma of shaming discipline
  • The trauma of witnessing or being a victim of violence
  • The trauma of living with a frightening parent

 And key relational skills to support children who have experienced them.



This training can be delivered as 2 x 2hr live online training sessions either morning, afternoon or twilight, or as 3 x webinars to view at your convenience.

Online sessions are live and interactive, so delegates should have a camera and microphone on their device to get maximum value from the training. 


No previous training required.


CPD Certificate of Attendance can be issued on request.



For more information, or to book the training please contact