Childhood trauma, Consequences and Essential Responses

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Participants will learn that children’s earliest experiences impact health, relationships and behaviour over the life course.

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In this 8-week course, starting on Monday the 4th of October 2021 (from 19:00-21:00 Irish time), participants will gain an understanding of how children’s earliest experiences and the nature and quality of their attachment to their primary care-giver can impact their ability to feel safe in the world, to regulate their emotions, to trust other people, to learn, experience good physical and mental health, enjoy positive, reciprocal relationships and behave in prosocial ways.

In particular, participants will learn about:

· Human brain development

· Attachment

· The importance of a felt sense of safety for flourishing

· Toxic stress

· Adverse Childhood Experiences

· Adverse Community Environments and inequity

· Historical, racial and cultural trauma

· The ecological context of child development

· Covid-19 as a form of collective trauma/overwhelm

· Resilience, relational health and positive childhood experiences

· The physical and mental health impacts of trauma

· Manifestations of trauma in the classroom

· The link between trauma, addiction and criminality

· Working more effectively and humanely with trauma survivors

· Signs of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue and burnout

· The role of the community in preventing and healing trauma

Week 1 - Oct 4th : An introduction to interpersonal neurobiology: attachment, the science of safety and “good enough" parenting

Week 2 - Oct 11th: The Pair of ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Community Environments

Week 3 - Oct 18th: Resilience and Positive Childhood Experiences

(No class Oct 25th - Bank holiday)

Week 4 - Nov 1st: Understanding trauma as an embodied experience: exploring health impacts

Week 5 - Nov 8th : State-dependent functioning: trauma in the classroom

Week 6 - Nov 15th: ACEs, trauma and behaviour: a spotlight on addiction and criminality

Week 7 - Nov 22nd: Working with trauma survivors in a neurodevelopmentally-aware, trauma-responsive way

Week 8 - Nov 29th: The role of community in preventing and healing trauma

* Zoom links will be sent to participants in advance of classes

** Participants will receive a certificate of attendance, upon request

*** Cost is €250 for the eight weeks. Contact Jane to inquire about a discount (e.g. for more than five people from an organisation)

Who teaches this course:

Jane Mulcahy BCLG, LLM, PhD

Jane Mulcahy is a Research Fellow in Youth Justice at the University of Limerick. She graduated with her PhD in Law from University College Cork in 2020 on the topic of “Connected Corrections and Corrected Connections: post-release supervision of long sentence male prisoners”. Her research was co-funded by the Irish Research Council and the Probation Service under the employment based PhD scheme. Jane has worked as a researcher in the area of criminal justice, penal policy and social justice since 2005. She hosts a podcast called “Law and Justice” since September 2017. Jane was awarded a Justice Media Award in the best local radio show/podcast category by the Law Society of Ireland for her three-part documentary series “Humanising Human Rights” on Ireland’s second periodic review under the UN Convention Against Torture in Geneva in 2017. During lockdown, Jane began recording a special YouTube series of Law and Justice called “How to talk policy and influence people” with many interviewees addressing the subject of attachment, the harmful impact of childhood adversity and interpersonal trauma on individuals and society and the importance of cultivating safety and relational health.

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Organiser The Heart Centre/Law and Justice

Organiser of Childhood trauma, Consequences and Essential Responses

The purpose of this course is to raise awareness about attachment, neurodevelopment, the consequences of childhood trauma and how we can all more effectively and humanely engage with human suffering.

Everyone - trauma survivors, parents, carers, professionals from health, social care, education, criminal justice and anyone else who is interested in working in partnership for a better tomorrow for our children - is welcome on the course. No prior learning is expected or necessary.

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