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"Unlocking Childhood Trauma!" - Keys to Transforming the Body and the Mind

Event number: 18790
6 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Donna Zander

Trauma in childhood has a significant impact on the developing brain and locks itself down in the body. Children and young people show us this in their behaviour and their relationships with others. This one day workshop explores: the most recent research on the impact of trauma on the brain development of children and young people; provides a framework for understanding the effects of trauma for a child’s cognitive, social, physical and emotional development and functioning and; explores implications for practice. Participants will explore specific and practical strategies for promoting transformation for children and young people who have experienced trauma.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this program you will be able to:

Develop an understanding of normative brain development through childhood, adolescence and early adulthood

Be able to understand and assess the difference between type 1 and 2 trauma

Understand the way that trauma affects the brain’s architecture and functioning and how it can lock itself down in the body

Identify ways that trauma shapes children and young people’s memory and attentional processes, arousal states and their emotional experiences

Explore strategies to unlock the trauma load from the body and mind of the child or young person who has experienced it

Explore strategies to strengthen parents, caregivers and others to understand the world of the child or young person who has experienced trauma.

About the presenter(s)

Donna Zander is an accredited mental health social worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). She has expertise in trauma, child abuse and family violence and working therapeutically with infants, children, women and families. She has worked in this field for over 30 years both as a professional and a volunteer. Donna has a history of developing high quality training programs for the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Vic., Australian Childhood Foundation and Post Trauma Victoria. Donna's personalised, energetic and dynamic presentation style sees her services as a keynote speaker and facilitator are in great demand both nationally and overseas most recently in Bougainville, New Guinea at the Nazareth Rehabilitation Centre.



Melbourne C.B.D
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 19/7/2017
End date: 19/7/2017
Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM


Sydney (TBC)
Sydney, NSW 2000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 16/8/2017
End date: 16/8/2017
Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM


Brisbane (TBC)
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 17/8/2017
End date: 17/8/2017
Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM


$240.00 - $220.00 for AASW & APS Members/Students


Donna Zander and Associates
Donna Zander & Associates Learning and Development Unit (LDU) delivers a range of learning and development activities including training programs, seminars, reflective practice learning circles and workshops alongside consultancy and professional supervision.
Contact Donna Zander
0411 399 747