3 hours CPD


Adoption practitioners and child's social workers working with Looked After Children (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies and Local Authorities) and Independent Professionals.


Our work with children from the care system and their new families inevitably means we are working at times with high levels of trauma, and just by being human our bodies and nervous systems are going to be impacted by this.

The last year with the pandemic has added to our stress levels, and working online does not resource us or give us the sense of connection which helps many of us manage stress.

This training recognises the need for us, as helping professionals, to both heighten our awareness of the impact of stress on our bodies and find ways of looking after ourselves and resourcing our nervous systems. Understanding the impact of trauma only goes some way towards helping us make sense of our stress levels. What is needed when supporting ourselves to manage is for our bodies to be listened to. It is the body, as Van der Kolk says, that ultimately ‘keeps the score’.

The body needs attention and this training will focus on helping the ‘carer’ (professional) learn to care for themselves, find ways to resource themselves and manage their stress responses. This training offers a combination of research information and psycho-education as well as practical strategies to look after ourselves.

 Learning outcomes

  • To think about vicarious trauma and the risk of this for all helping professionals
  • To help participants understand their own stress responses and heighten awareness of triggers
  • To support participants in looking at how to resource themselves and take care of their bodies and nervous systems

About the trainer

Jay Vaughan, M.A., is a State Registered Dramatherapist, a Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist (DDP), a Theraplay Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer as well as a Somatic Experience Practitioner. Jay is Registered Manager and CEO at Family Futures CIC, a Voluntary Adoption Agency based in London. Jay has been working with traumatised children since qualifying as a Dramatherapist in 1989, and passionately believes in the use of arts, play and body-based approaches in helping traumatised children and their families heal. Jay has contributed to articles and books over the years and continues to consult and train around the UK on behalf of Family Futures. Jay is a mother of two children and two step-children as well as a proud grandmother to four grandchildren.


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