What is this training about?

Babies and children who survive multiple experiences of attachment disruption, trauma and separation face profound and complex difficulties, which are often described as ‘depression’, ‘anxiety’, ‘behavioural problems’ or ‘defiance’. As professionals trying to support traumatised children within school or within therapy, we often feel paralysed, de-skilled and hopeless when our usual approach is not effective.

Inspired by the findings of cutting edge trauma research and our clinical experience here at Beacon House, this online training offers participants an opportunity to re-frame the behaviour of troubled children so that we can understand their needs through the lens of Developmental Trauma. Developmental Trauma is set of complex difficulties affecting a child’s sensory systems, dissociative responses, attachment, capacity for regulation, identity and cognitive abilities. By understanding how to identify Developmental Trauma, how to develop a trauma-informed support plan and how to engage dysregulated children, participants will experience a renewed sense of hopefulness and efficacy in creating change for traumatised families.

What topics does the training cover?

Module One – Introduction

  • Driving and restraining forces for effective practice
  • What is trauma informed practice?
  • What makes an experience traumatic?
  • The impact of early trauma on brain development

Module Two | Developmental Trauma : Areas of Impact

  • Sensory / Somatic
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional & Behavioural Regulation

Module Three | Developmental Trauma : Areas of Impact

  • Attachment
  • Cognitive Functioning
  • Self Esteem & Identity

Module Four | Risk and Intervention

  • Concurrent difficulties (PTSD, ADHD, ASD, FASD)
  • Clinical and Familial Risk
  • Principles of intervention
  • Additional reading and resources

What are the learning aims?

Participants who attend this training will:

  • Gain confidence in their ability to identify and understand how repeated trauma affects children and adolescents
  • Understand the breadth and complexity of Developmental Trauma and associated difficulties
  • Develop their empathic understanding through ideas for experiential learning
  • Understand the principles of a trauma-informed approach to supporting traumatised children and adolescents
  • Learn a range of practical strategies to help regulate distressed children.
  • Receive a resource package exclusive to online learners

Who can attend this training?

This training is designed for any professional working with children and adolescents who have been exposed to trauma, adversity and loss. Professionals working in education, mental health, social care and the youth justice system will find it particularly relevant. Participants do not need to be therapists to benefit from this training.

How does your online training work?

You can choose to buy a single place on this training, or a group licence which enables teams to attend the training in a cost effective way. Those buying a team licence also have the option of purchasing a remote Q&A session with the trainers.

On payment of your training place you will be emailed: 

  • A private link to this online four-part training course, to watch at your own pace in your own time. 12 hours learning will be provided in total, including reflective and experiential practice.
  • A digital Developmental Trauma resource pack, new and exclusive only to the participants of this online training.
  • A ‘helping your mind & body get ready to learn’ video is also shared.

How is your training presented?

We bring together an inspiring and innovative combination of theory, stunning original art-work, lived experience examples and practical demonstrations. Watch a brief sample here to see how we present different aspects of learning in our training

Click here to read some of our testimonials from people who have attended this training

How long can I access the training for?

To ensure information is robust and informed by the latest neuroscience the individual and team license will last for 1 year. After this time, access to the training will cease. All participants will be able to purchase a renewal licence.

How much does the training cost?

This training package is available for individual participants at £180. A team licence is also available for which there is an optional package which includes a 1 hour online live Q&A with a specialist Clinical Psychologist or Psychotherapist within the Beacon House Team. The Q&A enables the team to ask questions about the content of the training, and explore further how the learning can be applied to practice (please note, in Q&As we are not able to offer advice about individual children).

Who are the trainers?

Dr Shoshanah Lyons is the clinical director and founder of Beacon House. As a clinical psychologist she feels huge passion for understanding mental health and relationships through a developmental trauma lens. She is a promoter and advocate for trauma-informed health, education, social care and criminal justice.

Helen Townsend is an artist and works at Beacon House as our Creative Advisor and Therapeutic Life Story Worker. Combining inspiration from lived experience with academic training, she is passionate about translating complicated theories into accessible information that can be used by everyone in day to day life. As an adoptive parent Helen always aims to ensure ideas are realistic and practical for families.

Do I get a certificate?

Upon completion of our training feedback questionnaire, you will be provided with an individualised certificate.

Testimonials from others who have attended this training

"What you have put together is truly awe inspiring and life changing! The positive way this will impact how I support young people personally and in my work with traumatised children is changing dramatically with hopefully more positive outcomes for all."


"Brilliantly paced and so well-balanced between theory and practice. I highly recommend it to anyone working with children."


"Inspiring and practical training that I can use straight away. Essential training for anyone working with children and families."

Social Worker

"Just finished completing the 4 modules. Honestly the best and most beneficial training I've ever done that is so relevant to my role, highly recommending to my colleagues!"

How do I book?

For individual participants, please book your place below. If you would like to request an invoice, pay over the telephone or enquire about a team licence, please contact our Training Administrator, Rebecca Robertson, on training@beaconhouse.org.uk or 01444 413 939. Upon receipt of payment your training package will be released.

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What are your terms and conditions?

Due to our training package being available upon payment, online courses are non-refundable.

We work very hard to keep our training and resources free or as low cost as possible. We ask that for single participants, you respect this by keeping the training package for your sole use only. For team licences, the training is to be used by the paying team only and must not be sub-licensed or used outside of the team. Sharing the training package to those who have not purchased a place is not permitted under any circumstances.


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