About the Three Pillars course
The Three Pillars of Transforming Care course is based on research evidence, current clinical perspectives and years of direct experience with children and young people with complex needs and challenging behaviours. Topic areas covered include:
The fundamentals of trauma theory including types of trauma, arousal and stress mechanisms, the impact on brain development, the role of memory and dissociation.
Research on the behavioural and emotional difficulties that may affect young people who have been exposed to the various types of trauma
The Three Pillars of transformation which are based on the three primary traumagenic needs - the need to FEEL SAFE; the need for positive, trust-based CONNECTIONS with caring adults and engagement with the broader community; and the need for support to enable adaptive COPING with external life circumstances as well as turbulent thoughts, emotions and impulses.
An exploration of key ‘everyday’ skills for addressing the three core traumagenic needs.
Instructional methods include brief presentations, videos, worksheets, group discussions and a small number of role plays.
Content of the course
Part 1: Understanding Trauma
The case for focusing on early adversity
The brain and its development
Brain functioning and integration
The stress response and trauma
Traumatic stress and memory
The first Pillar – Safety
The importance of safety
Pain and pain-based behaviours
Why we resort to pain-based behaviours
Part 2: Transforming Trauma
The impact of severe adversity and trauma on development
Trauma shame and loss
Re-enactment – replaying the past
The second Pillar – Connections
Attachment – the template for connecting for healing
Connecting for healing and growth
Five everyday ways of promoting connection
The third Pillar – Coping
Coping with traumatic stress
The place of words in learning to cope
Calming and coping together
- Duration: 3 Days
- Availability: Offered Nationally