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Children’s Brain and Emotional Development: What people working with children really need to know


Course overview

Children's Brain and Emotional Development Course

This 5 hour course will give you an accessible introduction to new science about the brain and nervous system, and how adverse early experiences can affect children.


Course aims

This course will introduce new science about the brain in easy to understand formats that will allow you to apply this knowledge to your work with children.

It will describe key aspects of how early experiences can affect the brain and nervous system and how this shows itself in children’s behaviours and minds. It will also examine the effects of trauma and abuse, how resilience develops, and how this information can be used in your practice when working with children and young people.


Course topics

  • How the crucial learning from our early years influences how our behaviours, minds and brains develop
  • How early experiences can program our nervous systems, including how predisposed we are to feel stress
  • How there are sensitive periods for brain development, such as early infancy and adolescence
  • How adverse experiences, such as trauma and abuse, affect a child’s brain as well as how they behave, think and feel
  • How biology and psychology are closely linked, and change is always possible, even in our brains.

Who is this course for?

We welcome anyone to this course who has a keen interest in the subject area.

In particular, this course is for you if you are working with children and families and wish to learn more about cutting-edge research findings and how these can be used in your direct work.

You may be working in:

  • A school
  • Social services
  • Healthcare
  • The voluntary sector
  • Or you may be considering work with children in the future.

Course requirements/assessment

There are no specific requirements for the course, although we suggest you are working with, or have an interest in working with children, or want to learn more about the effects of difficult early experiences on children’s minds and behaviours.

There’s a multiple choice question assessment at the end of the course.



Course facilitators

Dr Graham Music

Dr. Graham Music (PHD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and an Adult Psychotherapist in private practice. He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock and Portman’s Child and Family Department, he has managed…

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