Great Expectations - Attachment, Trauma and Education

An in-depth look at the impact of adverse early experiences and how they can also be a pre-curser to later mental health issues.

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Attachment, Trauma and Education

This training takes an in-depth look at the impact of adverse early experiences and how they can also be a pre-curser to later mental health issues, a topic which is a growing concern for our children and adolescents. Throughout the day the training explores the importance of the attachment journey, what happens when it is disrupted and the impact of relational trauma.

Children who have been exposed to a disruption in their attachments and / or traumatic early experiences can present with difficulties in their emotional; social, sensory and neurological development.

This in turn can hinder their ability to function within the school setting and can be a cause of frustration for the child, parents and teaching staff.  Their beliefs and expectations of themselves, others and the world have been negatively impacted by their experiences leaving them with limited ability to form future positive interpersonal relationships that are so vital for them to be able to access the support they need to heal and reach their full potential. They have an internal conflict of a desire to be loved and belong alongside a fear of rejection and harm which usually plays out in behavior’s that confuse, exasperate and at times traumatise those who are trying to offer them the very care and nurture that they need.

What the course covers?

  • See the world through the eyes of the child
  • Recognise the need behind the presenting behavior’s
  • Understand the need to focus on reset the autonomic nervous system (fight flight freeze responses) t enable the child to be more able to access learning
  • Learn effective interventions and responses that will help to support the child and their family systems and facilitate the development of internal and external resources to enable the child to better tolerate stress and anxiety.
  • Examine the need for self- care and support when supporting traumatized children.

The training can be accessed either as an onsite training or by purchasing places on one of the training events. Please contact us for more details.


“Nancy’s passion for helping people affected by trauma and equipping professionals to work within this field by sharing her knowledge, expertise and skills, is both infectious and inspiring. Learning about trauma can be quite heavy, but scientific knowledge and real life emotive examples, were delivered in a way which meant that there was also some light hearted fun along the way. Thanks so much for this in-depth training, and resources that I could take away and use straight away with my clients. ” -K. Rackshaw - Owner Calm Space Counselling

“Nancy is a fantastic trainer, applying theory to practise throughout perfectly illustrated with case study examples. Lots of nuggets to take away and implement straight away into my own work with clients.” -V Mckeown - VLM Therapy

“Just completed this fantastic training. something that I always thought would not be useful to me and that wouldn't need - yet it had been amazing and so helpful. made to feel welcome and the content was amazing.” -Adoptive Dad

“The honesty, caring, understanding and helping us all to make sense of all the issues discussed. Thank you for fantastic training. ” -Adoptive Mum

“The single most useful and relevant piece of CPD training that I have received in my career! 5 stars!” -Teacher July 2018 (Great Expectations)

“Thank you for a fantastic Attachment Matters course. It was a well balanced mix of theory and practical techniques, but with a big emphasis on the latter. As a mum struggling to manage the behaviour of my adopted son, the course has made a real difference and I now have loads of techniques to help him. I feel far more positive about the future and able to cope.” -Adoptive Mum

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the Attachment Matters course I've just attended. It was informative and helpful. The delivery was excellent and I took away a lot of useful strategies to implement. Thank you!” -Adoptive Mum

“Hugely helpful in understanding my son’s journey and how I can help. I feel much more equipped and confident in parenting following this course.” -Parent

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