Understanding how trauma effects brain development is a fundamental part of effectively caring for children and young people in care.

The first part of this course looks at normal brain development and its functions. The second part covers how the brain is impacted by early trauma.

This course explores how the brain develops during pregnancy; the functions of the left and right hemispheres and the brain stem; emotional development on the infant brain; the overactive fight or flight response; the importance of the environment on brain development in the early years; how early abuse and experiences affect brain development; the influence all this has on learning. Finally, case studies will be presented to cover the material covered.