Trauma Informed Toolbox - a two day workshop with Dr Emma Woodward

Professional development (PD) Auckland

Posted: 14 June 2024
Notice reference #: 1HAh2L

This 2 day workshop focuses on understanding and responding to trauma in children and adolescents. It brings trauma informed practice to life making it relevant, understandable, and actionable whatever your role with children, young people, and families.

Young people who have experienced a number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) usually require a more skilled and compassionate level of emotional and behavioural support than their peers. They are often pathologised and mis-diagnosed, and whilst often well intentioned, this can prove to be unhelpful in supporting them to heal from their experiences, meaning traditional management and change strategies utilised by professionals, helpers, educators and carers aren’t always effective (and sometimes make things worse). Traumatised young people are less likely to respond as they often haven’t had the support nor appropriate developmental experiences to understand their emotions and learn to self-regulate.

This workshop will explore the reasons why young people who have experienced trauma and disrupted attachment behave the way they do, with a focus on unwrapping a range of evidence-based practical interventions and strategies that can be effective in facilitating positive change.

Some of the areas Emma will discuss include:

  • Exploring how to support trauma recovery in your dealings with children, whatever your professional role and the importance of focusing on their intention rather than the behaviour. 
  • A deep dive into the Four R’s of trauma informed practice:
    • Realising the prevalence,
    • Recognising signs,
    • Responding appropriately,
    • Resisting traumatisation.
  • Opening a 'Trauma informed toolbox' full of practical strategies and skills. How to practically utilise them in your work with traumatised children, including techniques for establishing and maintaining effective supportive and compassionate working relationships that facilitate healing, growth and change.

This workshop is informative, interactive, practically focused and fun. It offers opportunities for professional and personal growth to enable our future generations to flourish.

Events summary


22 August 2024 – 23 August 2024

Further information

Contact: Craig McKenzie

 (06) 759 1647