Play is probably the most important activity to support early learning and to build resilience for a developing child.
A child’s natural expression physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally through play enables the child to learn about themselves, other people and the world they live in.
Play also offers carers and professionals supporting a child with a vital opportunity to build deeper trust and connection with a child who may have walled themselves off for fear of rejection and hurt, as well as contributing to the promotion of the development of emotional regulation and self-confidence.
As a result of completing this training attendees can learn about:
- How tuned in and positive social engagement and play builds minds and bodies of babies and children, and supports recovery from early adversity
- What research tells us about how play is a crucial way for children to learn about the world and to develop positive relationships with carers
- How adults can use play and creativity with children to support stronger relationship skills, self-confidence and resilience
- How playfulness with adolescents can also support the development of deeper emotional connection
- Understanding how sensory processing difficulties are common in children who have experienced adversity and offers some ideas incorporating play that can support a child who experiences sensory regulation difficulties
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RN, BSc Psychology, Dip in Family Therapy, MA Child Psychotherapy, Dip Clinical Supervision.
Over the past 17 years, Christina has worked as a psychotherapist with children, adolescents, birth parents, foster carers and adoptive parents. This followed on from 20 years working as a nurse in the NHS. Her experience includes the development of a multidisciplinary clinical service for families experiencing trauma and attachment problems who were reluctant to engage with main-stream social care and mental health services. From 2015-2017 Christina provided trauma consultancy to the clinical team developing a children’s service within the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in the UK.
She also delivers training on child development, trauma and attachment both within the NHS and other education and social care systems across the UK and Ireland. Her special interest is in early childhood development and the impact of trauma on a child’s developing capacities, functioning and behaviour. From her experience working with children who have endured developmental trauma characterised by neglect and abuse, she has found it necessary to use a comprehensive integrated approach in order to address the multiple complexities which such children present with.
Christina returned to live in Ireland in 2016 and currently works as a Developmental Trauma and Attachment specialist providing training, assessment and clinical interventions on behalf of Tusla Child and Family Agency and in independent practice with birth and adoptive families.