Childhood Adversity & Trauma- Part one Simple & Complex Trauma – James McTaggart – LEVEL 3 (Online)


1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


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Childhood Adversity & Trauma- Part one Simple & Complex Trauma – Level 3

2 HOURS (part of a 4 hour course)

Please note this Course is delivered online via Google Meet – it is not necessary to have an account to join.

This training is designed for staff who have regular contact with children and/or families, including those working within adult services, or those who manage them.  Attendees need to have done suitable trauma awareness course as a foundation – either the Level 2 Trauma Informed Practice course in this calendar, or an equivalent such as the NES online training.

The course covers the content of the second and third level of the National Psychological Trauma Knowledge and Skills framework.  Content is adjusted according to the particular group attending to ensure it is relevant for their particular service context, and the Practice Model is used as a framework throughout.  People who have attended equivalent trainings from NES or elsewhere may still find this of use as it connects the agenda to a Highland context.

Session One provides in depth coverage of Simple and Complex trauma, with the short and long-term consequences for how people experience situations and cope with them.  Tools and approaches for understanding and helping are covered in depth.  Session Two which is also bookable on this calendar covers Adverse Childhood Experiences and Developmental trauma, whereby sufficiently early or repeated adversity influences brain development with far reaching impacts on health, learning, behaviour and well-being.  The emphasis is on how the latest research shows that we can all be powerful in helping reduce these impacts, whatever our role.

Each session is self-contained and they can be attended in any order.

What can I expect from this training?

By the end of this training, staff should:

  • Know about the range of adverse experiences that can affect children’s well-being from pre-birth to teenage
  • Recognise the kinds of issues that children or parents who have traumatic memories can present with, and how to assess and address these in their settings
  • Understand how adverse childhood experiences affect development, learning, behaviour and health and what this looks like in different contexts, such as home, school or community.
  • Have clear ideas how, in their role, they can reduce or prevent the impacts of adverse childhood experiences
  • Understand the roles of other staff, agencies and services, and how to work together using a common language
  • Be confident in applying knowledge about trauma and adverse childhood experiences to joint planning for children
  • Have a simple framework, based on SHANARRI, for communicating about adversity and trauma safely and clearly to young people and families

Who should attend?

All staff who have regular contact with children and young people and/or their family members should attend this training.


Need to have previously attended a more basic trauma awareness course, such as the Level 2 Trauma Informed Practice course in the CPC calendar or equivalents such as the NES online training.


Bookings are closed for this event.