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Tuesday, 9 August 2022 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Childhood trauma, witnessing or receiving violence, neglect, emotional abuse, poverty (as a few examples), has wide-reaching, significant and life changing effects on the mind, body, relationships, behaviour, and engagement with community. The mind of a traumatized child has adapted to survive un-survivable circumstances and thus often operates in unacceptable ways in safe environments.
A vast amount of research emphasises our resilience, plasticity and capacity for growth through the intolerable – with early intervention held as crucial, which is where our work comes in.
This presentation will offer a hopeful, developmental perspective on trauma, its effects and approaches to support from strengths-based and trauma informed perspectives.
My career started in developmental science studies and research at The University of Auckland. I completed an honours degree in Psychology with a dissertation in child development and then spent several years as the manager and lead researcher in a busy developmental science research centre (The Early Learning Lab) in the School of Psychology.
After spending many years in research, I took a leap in a new direction – and obtained my masters in counselling theory and practice, also from The University of Auckland. I wrote my dissertation on the role of gender in the division of household labour in families with working mothers, and how this impacts on mother and family wellbeing.
Shortly after completing my first year of the masters programme, I began my current role with Family Works Northern as a trauma-specialised child and family therapist, at a beautiful primary school in West Auckland. Since then, I have had the opportunity to utilise my skills in research to grow my role to now include workshop facilitation on key concepts of practice for my colleagues and contribution to our service and evaluation team reports to further our knowledge of effective practice.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A small donation on arrival at the door is appreciated.