Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma

Mental Health and Wellbeing  

Course Summary

CPD/CE Points:  45 Mins

Assessment:  10

Pass Rate:  80%

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Course Details

Understanding the neuroscience behind challenging behaviours presented in the classroom is key to managing them. Some children and young people live in a constant state of elevated stress. They find unfamiliar situations and experiences very difficult and rarely feel calm or peaceful.

This online CPD training module explores how complex trauma can affect the physical, emotional and social development of children and young people. It is suitable for anyone who works in an education environment, including teachers, teaching assistants, pastoral support and/or youth workers, SENCOs and residential childcare staff who want to know more about trauma.

A key course objective is to ensure educators identify with the need to cultivate strong relationships and peer support around those with trauma, allowing them to develop healthy coping strategies and resilience when faced with challenging situations. Having informed policies and procedures in place is important to minimise harm and provide a safe environment for everyone. 

Whether you aim to equip yourself with a general understanding of the neurobiology of trauma or have a direct connection with someone affected by it, this CPD training is a great way of learning more.

Course Aims

This up-to-date CPD training aims to introduce educators to the neuroscience behind complex trauma, so they are better equipped to manage the challenging behaviours caused by it, with empathy, compassion, and ethical responsibility. 

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the brain structures and functions involved in trauma responses, the role of the nervous system, and the physiological changes that occur during and after traumatic experiences
  • Explore how trauma can affect memory and cognitive functioning
  • Describe the emerging field of epigenetics (how cells control gene activity without changing the DNA sequence) and its role in trauma
  • Identify the importance of interpersonal relationships and social support in both the development and healing of trauma
  • Discuss the negative impacts of trauma and the factors that contribute to resilience and coping
  • Explore various coping mechanisms and protective factors that can reduce the long-term effects of trauma
  • Describe how to apply knowledge of neurobiology and psychology to support children and young people in the classroom
  • Understand the need to build a trauma-informed community.

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