Tue, 15 Oct | The Wroxham School

A Creative Tool Box - Trauma and Adversity

Non-Clinical Techniques and Activities for Working Effectively with Children and Young People who have Experienced Trauma and Adversity
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A Creative Tool Box - Trauma and Adversity

Time & Location

15 Oct 2019, 09:30 – 15:30
The Wroxham School, Wroxham Gardens, Potters Bar EN6 3DJ, UK

About The Event

Session 1: Addressing the Body: Regulating the primitive brain (brain stem structures) through creative and sensory activities: recognising survival behaviours; physiological comfort; repetitive activities; movement; body & sensory work.

Session 2: Addressing the Emotions: Regulating the amygdala (limbic system) through safe creative and playful activities to facilitate connection and relationship: non-clinical relational activities; building self-esteem and resilience; strengthening trust; developing a sense of belonging.

Session 3: Addressing the Thoughts: Regulating the thinking, conscious brain (neocortex) through meaningful conversations:  talking about feelings through play and creative techniques and story.

In the current climate of deficit in therapeutic services, schools absolutely have to have at least one person who can work relationally, practically and creatively with children and young people who have experienced developmental, relational trauma, and realistically, all educators need to have the skills and confidence to engage meaningfully with children who are fearful, depressed, anxious and overwhelmingly sad and/or angry.  These children are too often left with unresolved trauma, ungrieved losses and incoherent narratives about their lives and selves as services struggle to meet demand. Connection and empathy can help a child to move beyond ‘communication by impact’; that is, behaving feelings rather than articulating them. 

This one-day masterclass provides delegates with new lenses through which to view and relate to children and young people. It is based upon attachment theory and the latest neuroscience research. The workshops take a ‘bottom up’ approach: first, address the body in order to regulate the primitive brain (brain stem structures); next, address emotional needs through attachment and relationship (limbic brain); finally, engage in restorative, meaningful conversations (cortical brain) in order to enable children and young people to create coherent narratives about their life experiences. It aims to enable connection through creativity, with or without words.


  • Comprehensive handouts
  • Practical activities to reduce stress and anxiety and facilitate regulation
  • Additional reading, including links to web-based resources.

On-going support

  • Attachment and Trauma Sensitive Schools Award criteria to use as a framework for development, regardless of whether your school has registered for the Award.
  • Telephone and/or email conversations for troubleshooting glitches and obstacles.
  • Further training for whole-school and/or SL/MT and governors if required. 

To book please visit: www.wroxhamtla.org.uk

Session cost: £120 per delegate 

Free for DSPL 6 member schools

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