Building New Pathways

Supporting Children and Adolescents to Repair from Early Childhood Trauma

This four-part series is designed for staff who support children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

Psychologist Phil Bird will be running this series.

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Part 1: Trauma and Brain Development

This two-hour presentation will help with:

  • Understanding the impact of trauma on brain development; 
  • Explore the common behaviours that we might see as a result of compromised brain development;
  • Introduction to the Window of Tolerance and the 'trauma lens' for trauma based symptoms and behaviours to inform support strategies.  

Part 2: Trauma Informed Strategies for Complex Behaviours

This two-hour presentation covers:

  • Building new pathways: Repair strategies based on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (Bruce Perry) for children who have experienced early childhood trauma;
  • Building the Window of Tolerance: Practical strategies to be used on a daily basis to prevent challenging behaviour;
  • Trauma informed response strategies for common behaviours such as defiance, hyperactivity, sleep problems and aggressive behaviour.

Part 3: Creating a Secure Base - Attachment Focused Strategies

This two-hour presentation:

  • Provides an attachment focused framework and how to develop therapeutic relationships with children and adolescents who have experienced early attachment ruptures;
  • Strategies to create safe and therapeutic environments for traumatised children and adolescents;
  • Putting it all together - Reviewing trauma informed care in daily life.

Part 4: Building New Pathways Mentoring Series - Applying Advanced Therapeutic Care Strategies in Daily Life

  • These small group mentoring sessions (between 4-6 parents/foster carers/adoptive parents/residential care teams) are designed to assist caregivers to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the Building New Pathways series to their daily lives.
  • The small group mentoring series provides a safe and supportive environment for caregivers to discuss the daily challenges that they are experience around specific challenging situations/behaviours.  Caregivers will be provided with practical guidance and support around which therapeutic strategies to implement for their specific circumstances and when and how to use these strategies. 
  • Caregivers will also be provided with further advanced tools, strategies and resources to further apply therapeutic care skills from the Building New Pathways series. 
  • Caregivers will be given the opportunity to discuss specific challenges and barriers that they are facing in implementing strategies for New Pathways and will be provided with practical guidance and support in overcoming these barriers.

Each of these sessions can be delivered separately, or as a full day presentation. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this opportunity further.