ACF Introduction to relational trauma

Explores the impact of vicarious trauma on educators as well as understanding normal brain development and the impact of trauma on the brain and child’s behaviour.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains: Not applicable
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200-$2000 per person/item)

Program description

The Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) Introduction to relational trauma professional development session explores 2 themes:

  • The impact of vicarious trauma on educators who become overwhelmed by the trauma stories from families and children. Recognising vicarious trauma and how to look after self and support others.
  • Understanding normal brain development and the impact of trauma on the brain and child's behaviour. The role early childhood educators play in building nurturing and supportive relationships with the child and their family.

This session is offered online on different days and at different times to support educators to be able to attend.

To find out more details, dates and to register.

Detailed cost

  • $214.50 per person plus a 1.6% credit card surcharge
  • Contact provider directly for additional workshop prices

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Early childhood professionals.
  • Training requirements: The workshop benefits early childhood professionals with minimal or no experience with trauma-informed practice, as well as those with more experience, who have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge.
  • Staffing: Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Factors to consider: Consider how staff might share new practice knowledge with others at the service, and how improved approaches or innovative ideas could be implemented across the service. The workshop includes suggestions and ideas for sharing practice knowledge.
  • Australian experience: Workshops are available across Victoria and have been developed to target early childhood educators working in the Victorian context.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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