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Children’s Brain Development and the Impact of Trauma Workshop

Presented by Mirna Tarabay - Pschyotherapist, PACFA

How do early childhood experiences of trauma and abuse affect the developing brain, the nervous system, human behaviour and memory? All these questions and more will be unravelled in this interactive course. A must for anyone who works with children and families; this course will explore how the brain develops in the early years of life and the way that the environment interacts with our biology to influence brain development. A key component of healthy brain development lies within the attachment relationship. This course will provide an overview of attachment theory and make the link between the attachment relationship and healthy brain development. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn about the responses that children develop in order to survive the trauma and will also discuss the principles for developing interventions when working with children and families.

Participants will be given the opportunity to learn about:

  • The different parts of the brain and their function

  • Factors which support healthy brain development

  • The effect of early experiences on the stress response system

  • The impact of trauma and abuse on the developing brain

  • The development of memory systems and how trauma effects these systems

  • Key principles for supporting healthy brain development for children who have lived through trauma

​This course will be delivered over two three-hour sessions:

Session 1

  • The biology of the brain

  • Brain development – how the environment and early attachment relationships influence brain development

  • The stress response system

Session 2

  • The effects of toxic stress and trauma on the developing brain and nervous system

  • Memory systems, attachment and trauma

  • Key principles for supporting children who have experienced trauma

Who should attend?

Anyone who works with children, young people and families including teachers, child care staff, family support, refuge workers, early intervention, child protection workers and counsellors.


Presenter: Mirna Tarabay

Mirna Tarabay is a Psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor. Her work with survivors of trauma, abuse and loss spans over two decades. Mirna has worked in a range of capacities primarily with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, both adults and children.  She has a practice in Sydney where the focus of her clinical work is with survivors of domestic violence and child abuse including sexual abuse, as well as supervision of counsellors and case workers working in trauma and child protection fields. Mirna has been conducting training for both government and community based organisations for fifteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Post Grad Diploma in Counselling and Certificate 1V in Training and Assessment ( TAE). Mirna is a Clinical member of The Psychotherapists  and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA).


Gerry O'Leary (NALAG Head Office)


Phone: 02 6882 9222

Workshop Dates & Locations

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When: TBC

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: $300 (includes GST). Online payments incur a booking fee.

To register, pay the registration fee by clicking the 'Pay Now' button, where you will then be redirected to the registration form once successful payment has been received. Please ensure to complete the form and pay the registration fee to secure your place in this training.

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