This five-hour, online course will help you to make sense of the lives of children and young people who are struggling – identifying the characteristics and effects of trauma, abuse and neglect, and setting out ways to shift behavioural patterns and build resilience.
Drawing on new understandings of trauma, abuse, neglect and how children cope with challenging experiences, this course will help you to make sense of behaviours that on the surface might seem annoying, upsetting, frightening or personally challenging. Taking a hopeful and optimistic stance, the course outlines ways to bring about change and build resilience through positive interventions and relationships.
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
- Test your knowledge with a quiz, and unlock a certificate
This course will allow you to:
- Define abuse, neglect and trauma – identifying the differences between them, and their significant, long-term effects on children and young people
- Analyse the powerful links between adverse early experiences and later life trajectories, exploring a range of physical and psychological outcomes
- Gain an understanding of resilience and post-traumatic growth – observing how positive experiences, emotions and relationships can lead to real change
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 work with children and families and wish to learn more about cutting-edge research findings and how these can be used in your work.
You may be working in:
- A school
- Social services
- The voluntary sector
- Or you may be considering work with children in the future.
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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.
Book your place today
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.
...or try a course bundle
This course is also available as part of a convenient course bundle – providing you with 16 weeks of access to four complementary online resources.