This five-hour, online course will help you to understand children’s emotional and psychological states in the context of exciting new research into the brain, body and nervous system – providing insights into the effects of early experiences which can directly inform your work with children and young people.
This clear and accessible course explores how early experiences shape the structure and functioning of our brains and nervous systems, and how this can be seen in children’s behaviours, minds and emotions. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of the effects of trauma, neglect and abuse, how resilience can develop, and how this information can be used to positive effect in your practice when working with children and young people.
How will you learn?
Explore key concepts through interactive lecture content and videos
Deepen your understanding via regular opportunities for reflection
Consider a Case Study to help apply the theory to your work
Access a range of relevant resources for free via an online reading list
Test your knowledge with a quiz, and unlock a certificate
This course will allow you to:
Make sense of children’s behaviours and mental states by linking these to family background, biological inheritance and emotional contexts
Gain an awareness of how the brain and nervous system develop, and the impact of early experiences on how children behave, think and feel
Understand the impact of adverse experiences, and how emotional growth and resilience can develop as a result of positive new experiences
Apply this knowledge to your own interactions with children and young people – understanding that 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, young people and families, and wish to learn more about cutting-edge research in this area, and how it can be applied to your work.
You may be working in:
The voluntary sector
Or you may be considering work with children in the future.
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, which unlocks a Digital Academy certificate upon completion.
This course runs continuously, so you can sign up at any time. It offers five hours of self-directed learning which you can undertake at a time and pace that suits you.
You will have access to the course and its materials for a total of four weeks. Access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.
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…
Our Mini Courses run continuously. You can book a place at any time using our secure 'MyTAP' booking system, and access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.
This is an excellent course, well laid out, clear and easy to use giving students a comprehensive understanding on how adverse early childhood experiences shape the structure and function of the brain, impacting emotional, psychological and physical development all the way into adult life. The course covers both the challenges and possibilities of change working with children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma and neglect.
I really enjoyed this course. It has given me a greater understanding of how trauma and poor early experiences can affect a child. It has motivated me to learn more and to apply this knowledge when working with children and infants and in particular those who have had a difficult start to life.
Mini Course Student
This is a ‘must’ for people from all sectors working with children & young people wanting to get an understanding of why so many children & young people struggle as they do. The material is easily accessible, incredibly clear and engaging, leaving me wanting to know more!
This course is important for anyone working with children. It draws upon extensive up to date research to explain the long lasting emotional, physical and psychological effects of adverse childhood experiences. It helpfully explains how children and young people in schools and society may feel and behave because of their early experiences. I found the combination of videos, diagrams and reading very helpful in explaining complex concepts. The course includes important relevant topics such as the effects of technology and social media. Lastly the course offers hope by explaining that change is possible with the aid of understanding adults and caring environments.
Child and Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
I thought I knew quite a lot about trauma and neglect but I can highly recommend this course. Informative, interesting, up to date and has given me a lot more food for thought and ideas about the young people I work with.
Mini Course Student
This course will help me to be more alert to the effects of early trauma / neglect on the behaviour / reactions of children when I see them manifested in the therapy room and be more sensitive to how I might help balance emotional deficits.
Mini Course Student
This course is a brilliant course which enables us to understand and learn more about what cutting edge research shows about what neglect is and how it affects children's development. The course can also help professionals, services and the government to also think about what everyone may be able to do to help prevent neglect to children, whilst at the same time to think more creatively about how we might be able to support parents to achieve change; intervening in ways that can empower parents and enable to make changes to their circumstances and behaviors - where it is possible to do so with compassion and understanding, in order to promote every child's chances to optimum development and well-being.