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Understanding and Nurturing Troubled Children


Course overview

Understanding and Nurturing Troubled Children Course

This 20 hour online course will give you an accessible introduction to how and why children develop as they do, using the latest developmental and neurobiological science alongside tried and tested clinical ideas.

Once you’ve taken this course, you’ll be able to apply your learning directly to the work you do with children and families.


Course aims

This course will introduce you to:

  • Key aspects of new child development research
  • The importance of attachment theory; a renowned theory pioneered by the Tavistock and Portman
  • An accessible explanation of important features of brain development
  • An understanding of trauma and abuse
  • How resilience develops.

Course topics

  • The adaptive infant, and how early experiences can have a profound effect on children’s brains bodies and psyches
  • How attachment theory helps us make sense of children’s lives, and how this links with healthy development and resilient processes.
  • What is helpful to know about the developing brain and autonomic nervous system, and how we can use this new knowledge in our work
  • How new understandings of trauma, neglect and how children cope with challenging experiences can help make sense of the lives of children and young people who are struggling.

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 as well as participation in an online seminar.


Attendance Requirements:

In week four of your course, you will be invited to attend a live webinar with one of our clinical experts, conducted via Zoom. Live webinar dates and times can be found below:

Course Start Date Live Webinar Date
28 September 2020 15 October 2020 at 4pm UK time
26 October 2020 12 November 2020 at 4pm UK time
04 January 2021 21 January 2021 at 4pm UK time
01 February 2021 18 February 2021 at 4pm UK time
01 March 2021 18 March 2021 at 4pm UK time
29 March 2021 15 April 2021 at 4pm UK time

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…


Forthcoming course dates

Our Short courses run monthly. You can book a place on the next available course or reserve your place on a future course.

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