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Engaging and talking with young people who have experienced trauma (CBD) 4th June 2020 (CALTIS20200604)

Thursday June 4, 2020, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

$250 – $330

Introduction to Engaging and talking with young people who have experienced trauma

Many young people engaged with the child, youth and family and family violence sector have experienced difficult life events and transitions, including trauma and grief and loss.  Young people’s experience of adverse childhood experiences and trauma may include family violence, child abuse, war and migration and parental issues such as mental health or substance abuse.

The evidence is clear that adverse childhood experiences and trauma have profound impacts on young people.  These impacts are cumulative and damaging and can compromise young people’s development and well being.  They can include the use of violence against others.

Young people’s experience may make them less trusting of ‘the service system’ and seeming less likely to engage.  Practitioners may struggle with how to engage and talk with young people who are struggling with personal, family and life issues.

This training provides guidance on understanding the range of impacts of adverse life experiences and trauma on young people.  It is informed by the work of Figley, Schore, van der Kolk, Bowlby, Perry and others.  It includes practical information about how to talk to young people and to raise ‘difficult issues’ that could result in their disengagement.  It focuses on how a practitioner can engage with a young person about their use of violence in the home.

This training highlights skills to focus on the resilience, strengths and capabilities of young people in order to support them to overcome the impact of negative experiences and move forward in their journey.  It also highlights the importance of family work in order to address the impacts of relational trauma and to help the young person to sustain positive change.


  • To provide practitioners with theoretical knowledge and understanding of adolescent development, brain development, trauma, developmental trauma and relational trauma and its impacts;
  • To support practitioners to understand the context of family violence as a source of trauma, particularly relational trauma and how this may translate to the use of violence by an adolescent against a parent;
  • To explore participant refection on the barriers to engaging with adolescents;
  • To provide practitioners with skills to engage with and support adolescents; and
  • To support practitioners to consider the benefits of family work in order to address and heal attachment related issues and relational trauma.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts – trauma, developmental trauma, relational trauma;
  • Elicit the relationship between a child’s experience of family violence and trauma, and the associated impacts;
  • Feel more confident to engage with young people;
  • Feel confident and competent to have conversations with young people about their ‘preferred identity’;
  • Consider working with a young person and non-offending family member to address young people’s use of violence.


Coffee/tea facilities available and lunch provided

If you have any queries please contact 9094 3500 or training@cfecfw.asn.au

Please note: payment is required prior to the training date

Registration: To ensure your place, please register at least 15 days prior course commencement by completing the enrolment form below.

Cancellation policy: We will issue a full refund if we cancel the course or reschedule the course.

Withdrawal: Participants who withdraw more than 15 days before course commencement receive a full refund; less than 14 days prior to the agreed start date –no refund

Course transfer: Course and name transfers may be made if vacancies exist

Extenuating circumstances: Apply in writing, attaching any relevant documentation, such as medical certificate. Application for special consideration does not guarantee acceptance


Thursday June 4, 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
$250 – $330
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