This recent KidsMatter webinar focussed on supporting children affected by trauma.  

Amanda Harris (Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network at ANU) facilitated a panel of experts as they discussed a fictional case study.  The case study centres on the behaviours exhibited by Jack (aged 10 years), Matilda (4 years) and Jacinta (11 months) in their early childhood and school environments, as they struggle to deal with the trauma resulting from witnessing past violence between their parents Fiona and Steve, who have now separated.

The panel discussed how trauma presents in children of school age and in early childhood and the impact of this type of trauma on children's social and emotional wellbeing.  The panel also explored ways, both as an individual professional and through collaboration with other services, to support children affected by trauma.

Learning objectives

 After viewing this webinar, participants will:

  • have a better understanding of how trauma presents in children of school age and in early childhood

  • have a better understanding of the impact that trauma has on children's social and emotional wellbeing

  • both individually and through working collaboratively with other services, be better equipped to respond to the needs of children and families who have experienced trauma 

You can watch the webinar recording below, or download it to watch offline later.

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Panel

Michelle Roberts 
Psychologist, education sector
Michelle is a psychologist who has worked in the education sector for 32 years as a teacher, psychologist and Manager of the Emergency and Security Management Branch within the Department of Education and Training (Vic).  Michelle is a member for the steering committee for the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN) and was awarded, in 2010, a Churchill Fellowship to investigate school-based trauma intervention programs in Israel and the USA. Michelle has worked at many levels supporting school communities after disasters. Michelle currently works for the Department of Education and Training (Vic) in the Moonee Valley Network.

Janet Williams-Smith
General Manager, Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS)
Janet has wide ranging experience both in Australia and the UK defining, developing and disseminating early childhood programs and services for highly vulnerable children and families. Her experience has included working with refugee and asylum seeker children, children at risk of abuse and neglect in the Child Protection System and more recently looking at progressive universal service provisions at ECMS.

Dr Penny Burns
General Practitioner
Dr Penelope Burns is a general practitioner and a senior lecturer at Western Sydney University. She has a range of experience in general practice in rural and urban areas. She worked for several years in paediatrics in Sydney and Papua New Guinea. She is on the steering committee of the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma Loss and Grief Network at the Australian National University and the GP member on the NSW Mental Health Disaster Advisory Committee. 

Rachel
A person with lived experience of family violence-related trauma
Rachel is a survivor of domestic violence. She is an award-winning educator, having trained thousands across Australia, from police to lawyers, high school students to Members of Parliament, over the last 9 years. She has been on several Committees, worked in national roles, consulted with Boards, and is a media spokesperson. As a mother, her passion and research background is for the safety and wellbeing of children living with violence.

Facilitator: Amanda Harris
Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network based at the Australian National University
Amanda Harris is a Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Amanda has been the Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network at ANU since 2013. She also works in private practice and as a consultant on the impact of trauma work to Family and Community Services and the Australian Government Solicitor. Amanda has been working with vulnerable children and families for over 15 years. 

Resources

Webinar 6 Slideshow [996KB] 

Webinar 6 Case Study  [240KB] 

Webinar 6 Additional Resources [452KB] 

Webinar 6 Panellist Bios [184KB] 

Webinar 6 Participant Guide [504KB] 

Webinar 6 Self-directed Learning Record [371KB]