Stress and Trauma in Young Children – workshops partly funded

A workshop for Victorian Early Childhood Education and Care Professionals which provides a framework for understanding the impact of stress and trauma in young children and the implications for practice.
Dates: Click here to view the complete schedule.
Venue: The workshops are being held all over Victoria including Ballarat, Bairnsdale, Belgrave, Bendigo, Berwick, Broadmeadows, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Hamilton, Frankston, Keilor, Geelong, Leongatha, Mildura,  Melton, Moe, Pakenham, Ringwood, Sandringham,  Sunbury, Sunshine, Warnambool, Werribee, Wodonga, Yarra Junction.
Cost: A co-contribution of $55 is required to secure your registration. Each workshop runs for 3.5 hours. 
Registration: Registration is essential. There are only limited places  available for each workshop. So book and pay early to avoid disappointment.
Supported by: It has been supported by the Department of Education and Training – Victoria.

It can be challenging to work with children who have experienced stress and trauma and it is vital that early childhood professionals are able to understand and be responsive to the needs of vulnerable children. This professional learning opportunity will support the early childhood workforce with these challenges.

Trauma is the emotional, psychological and physiological residue left over from heightened levels of toxic stress that accompanies experiences of danger, violence, significant loss and life threatening events. Young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of trauma.

The outcomes of more than two decades of research have demonstrated remarkable insights into how trauma shapes and reshapes early childhood development.

This knowledge base has become a primary explanatory framework for understanding and responding to the needs of children affected by high impact stress, including abuse and family violence.

In recognition of the increasing numbers of children who are presenting in early childhood services having experienced trauma, DET has subsidised the provision of 25 workshops in regional and metropolitan Victoria in 2016 for early childhood professionals seeking opportunities to build their knowledge and skills in this vital area of practice.

Who is it for?
Stress and Trauma in Young Children is a half day workshop offered to Early Childhood Education and Care Professionals employed in Victorian licensed early childhood education and care services, Maternal Child Health services and Early Childhood Intervention services, including Long Day Care, Family Day Care, Occasional Care, Kindergarten and Outside School Hours Care Services.

What will I learn?
Each workshop will examine the most recent research on the impact of trauma on brain development, provide a framework for understanding the consequences of stress on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development and explore implications for practice in early childhood settings.
Each half day session is designed to examine the most recent research on the impact of trauma on brain development, provide a framework for understanding the consequences of toxic stress on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development and explore implications for practice in early childhood settings.

Participants will:
• Increase their understanding of the neuroscience of normative brain development in children under 5 years.
• Increase their knowledge of the way that trauma and stress shapes the functioning and development of young children.
• Identify and utilise strategies that can support young children affected by trauma and their families.

Only limited places are available for each workshop. So book and pay early to avoid disappointment.

We would like to thank the Department of Education and Training – Victoria for their support for this project.

For more information and to book online click here