Date: 11/20/2019, 2:00 pm—4:30 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: East Bay Agency for Children
Phone: 510-844-5370, Ext. 4135
The brain of a child takes until the mid-20’s to grow. Typically, children have immature brains until they learn the skills of focal attention, logical reasoning, self-regulation skills, management and healthy expression of big emotions and perspective taking. To learn these skills, a child’s regulatory system must be calm. When calm, an adult can support all children to learn these skills through practice, modeling, teaching and supporting with daily challenges.Trauma however can change the brain, hijack the past to influence behavior and cause the sensory system to live in a state of constant dysregulation. As a professional supporting these youth in therapy, home visiting or other support services, learning the neurobiology of trauma is important but finding strategies to build resiliency, buffer toxic stress, calm the regulatory system so that the child with a trauma history can begin to rebuild their brain from the bottom up. Part 1 and Part 2 will cover some key strategies that support healing of young children. This course in particular highlights the impact that multiple, complex trauma has on youth in the foster care system.