Childhood Adversity: The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Mental Health - Virtual Training
Childhood Adversity: The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Mental Health
Learn how childhood trauma impacts a child’s beliefs, behaviour, and development
We know half of all mental health conditions emerge before age fourteen, but there’s a need for a greater understanding of young people’s mental wellbeing.
On this course, you’ll improve your understanding of how early adverse experiences can impact a young person’s mental health.
You’ll learn from world leaders in child development and hear from educators in disciplines like neuroscience and educational psychology.
Using evidence-based research, you’ll examine the different ways childhood trauma can influence an individual’s psychological state, educational outcomes and social difficulties.
What topics will you cover?
- Introduction to the topic of childhood adversity in the form of abuse and neglect and its impact on a young person’s well-being;
- Clinical perspective on the challenges that young people face who experienced early adversity;
- Clinical perspective on how this affects the ability to form trusting relationships later in life.
- A neuroscientific perspective on how early adverse experiences can change biological systems such as the brain in an attempt to adapt to the situation;
- An introduction to the latest research implicating changes in threat processing and memory after childhood maltreatment in young people exposed to adversity;
- A neuroscientific perspective on how such changes can be seen as adaptations to the adverse situations (Latent Vulnerability).
- An educator’s perspective illuminating the particular challenges and opportunities young people with adverse experiences face in a school setting;
- An introduction to alternative provision schools and how they can support young people who have experienced adversity.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
Reflect on how childhood maltreatment may impact on a child’s beliefs and behaviour towards others.
Investigate how childhood maltreatment may change neurobiology and behaviour as a way to adapt to a hostile and unpredictable environment.
Evaluate how childhood maltreatment may negatively impact on learning success and social development in school and how alternative provision can support young people.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning about the impact of childhood abuse and neglect on mental wellbeing, as well as child development and psychopathology.
The course will be of particular use to those who work with or care for children who have experienced maltreatment, such as parents and carers, teachers, and social workers.
You do not need to be a professional or have formal education in child development or psychology.
Although the course is suitable for any background or career stage, students and professionals in any healthcare profession will benefit from the insights shared by the course experts.
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