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Working with Traumatised Adopted Children and Adults and Calming the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

27 June, 2024 at 10:00am - 1:30pm


Expert-led training co-delivered with Jay Vaughan, Somatic Experience Practitioner & Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist and CEO of Family Futures

3.5 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


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.

“I really enjoyed all of the session – the activities were really thought provoking. The group members contributions were interesting to listen to. It was a honest without judgement discussion that made me feel positive – that there are things that we can do to balance this.”– Attendee, April 2021

This expert-led 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’.

“Really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. It has helped me to finally remember the difference between SNS and PNS – previously I had to always look it up to check!” – Attendee, April 2022

The body needs attention and this workshop will focus on helping the children, young people and adults learn to care for themselves, find ways to resource themselves and manage their stress responses. The workshop offers a combination of research information and psycho-education as well as practical strategies to look after ourselves.

“It was extremely interesting and relatable in both a personal and professional capacity. Good use of diagrams and exercises to bring the subjects to life.” – Attendee, June 2023

Learning Outcomes

  • To think about trauma and how it is rooted in our bodies and nervous systems
  • To help participants detect when there is nervous system activation/stress for children, young people and adults
  • To help participants put in place ways to support children, young people and adults calm their nervous systems and stress response
  • To think overall about the value of a body-based approach

About the trainer

Jay Vaughan

Jay, M.A., is a Somatic Experience Practitioner. Jay is also a state registered Dramatherapist, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist and certified Theraplay therapist and supervisor as well as a Theraplay trainer. Jay is the Clinical Director at Family Futures CIC. 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.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

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