Supporting children who disclose trauma

Emerging Minds, Australia, May 2022

When children and their families can find the words to describe their experiences of trauma, the power of self-blame and secrecy is diminished.

The Supporting children who disclose trauma online course is the third in a series of trauma-related online courses which includes The impact of trauma on the child and Supporting children who have experienced trauma. This course examines practice strategies for supporting children who have disclosed trauma or abuse directly to you or another person, or who are known to have experienced trauma.

The course introduces the ‘Four Ps’ of helping children move beyond self-blame and secrecy after their experiences of abuse:

  • Power
  • Protest
  • Purpose; and,
  • Participation.

Practitioners featured in the course discuss how they use the ‘Four Ps’ to help children create hopeful and positive stories about themselves that stand against self-blame and secrecy.

Supporting children who disclose trauma is a free three-hour online training course suitable for practitioners who work specifically with children who are known to have experienced trauma or likely to disclose trauma. This includes professionals who may receive referrals for support across a range of settings and GPs, allied health professionals and child protection workers. It will help you to develop strategies and activities to support children to move away from the self-blame and secrecy associated with physical or sexual violence.

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