2021 SUMMER COURSE Working With Children
Who Have Experienced Trauma

Understanding how trauma impacts children, how this presents and how professionals can support children who have been impacted

Welcome to Working With Children Who Have Experienced Trauma. We are delighted that this course has been approved by the Department of Education and Skills for your EPV days.

This course includes:

10 hours on-demand video material and 10 hours offline learning
Online tutor moderation
Downloadable articles and resources
Access on mobile and computer
Department of Education and Skills-Accredited Summer Course Certificate 2021
Full access to course

After taking this course you will:

Understand the key psychological components of trauma and how it’s easily misdiagnosed                   
Be familiar with the neurobiology of trauma responses in children                                                               
Have an awareness of how the brain & body respond to traumatic events                                                 
Be equipped with effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented                                     

This course come highly recommended as a Summer Course for teachers. Here is what our past students have had to say:

As a principal of a YEP school with 30 years experience, I can say that this is the best course I’ve ever done.
David Carter, Principal Finglas YEP

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. I love the way that it was presented orally as this is a very easy way to take in information. I enjoyed all your examples and anecdotes. I also enjoyed the variety of videos and activities.

Siobhan, Primary School Teacher

There were a number of children that I was thinking of throughout this course. I feel that I have a much better understanding now of why they behave the way they do. I would love if all of our staff could receive this training.
Mary, Primary School Principal

It has been coined “the most fundamental psychology course for anyone working with children – it needs to be mandatory“.

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 and support staff feeling ill-equipped to manage the situation.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. 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 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.

This course is ten hours of audio content, visual content and assessment in total, and there are ten hours of recommended reading and resources for you to further develop your own learning.

“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

Course Aims

  • Understand the key psychological components of trauma
  • Be able to identify the different types of trauma
  • Be aware of the symptoms of trauma in a typical child
  • Know the neurobiology of trauma
  • Have a good understanding of how the brain responds to trauma
  • Have an awareness of how the body responds to trauma
  • Appreciate the immediate & long-term effects of PTSD on a child
  • Understand the importance of appropriate therapy for the traumatised child
  • Know how to support children who have experienced trauma
  • Be introduced to effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented

Your Instructor

Lorraine Lynch

Lorraine Lynch the CEO and Founder of the Child Psychology Institute. With a background in health psychology and social innovation, her passion is empowering parents and those working with children through education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies and English, a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Health Psychology. Lorraine is also the author of two books, developed to promote children’s wellness – #100happydays4kids and Closing Saor’s Day.

“It is essential that children meet adults who are responsive and understand how a child’s mind works so that they can truly blossom into happy successful adults.”