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Being Trauma Aware

Wednesday March 22, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


This is a 2 part workshop:

Part 1 – Wednesday 22 March 2023, 7:00pm — 8:30pm

Part 2 – Thursday 30 March 2023, 7:00pm — 8:30pm

Being Trauma Aware: Identifying and responding to the specific needs of children in the context of child care settings

This is a two part, 3 hour workshop run over two nights. You must attend both 1.5 hour sessions to receive a certificate of attendance. Children and young people tend to express their experiences through big behaviours and big feelings. These behaviours often present as incredibly difficult or concerning especially in the classroom/child care environment. When children and young people experience developmental trauma (abuse, neglect or violence, significant attachment disruptions), it impacts on their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. This workshop will provide introductory knowledge on the neurobiology of trauma, what trauma based behaviours may look in the child care setting. The aim will be to increase participants skills in how to identify and respond to children’s underlying trauma based needs in a way that promotes safety and opens space for learning. This introductory based workshop will promote workers’ to start to become trauma aware and develop skills for becoming trauma responsive in their work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain knowledge of the impacts of trauma on young children from a neuroscience & attachment based perspective.
  • Learn how to identify emotional and behavioural presentations of trauma for children.
  • Develop skills in how to respond to the trauma specific needs of children within the educational/child care setting.

Training Presenter: BA Psychology; MA Social Health & Counselling; MSWQ – Ashley Gobeil

Ashley is a child and family therapist and qualified social worker who has a Masters degree in Social Health and Counselling, and a Masters degree in Social Work, with a background in psychology & criminology. Ashley has worked with children and families for the past 14 years in contexts such as childcare, youth work, family therapy, family law setting, out of home care and child protection, and refugee and migrant communities. Trauma Specific Counselling with Ashley promotes an informed space for children, young people, adults and their families to tap into their innate healing and resiliency abilities through scaffolding and building experiences of connectedness and relational safety. Ashley uses a combination of trauma specific, relational, creative and body based therapies which aim to support children and their families in their recovery and healing process.


Wednesday March 22, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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