Supporting the Development of Self-Esteem and Resilience in Traumatised Children and Adolescents

Delivered by

Christina Enright


Format options

In Person | Online

Duration options

3 hrs | 4 hrs | 6 hrs (1 day)


This training can be adapted to a diverse range of contexts, and further bespoke elements can be added on request.

Content Summary: 

Despite early adversity, why do some children and young people appear to falter under stress and challenging life experiences whilst others cope relatively well and even thrive? Through this course carers and professionals can explore what resilience is as well as approaches and strategies for helping young people to build resilience. Self-efficacy and self-esteem will also be covered.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this training you can learn about:

  • the concepts of vulnerability, self-esteem, self-efficacy, and resilience, and how these apply to the everyday experiences of the children and young people we support
  • how our own beliefs about the child and the world can encourage their development of self-esteem, self-efficacy and resilience
  • the research and knowledge based on resilience and vulnerability and the factors which impede a child’s resilience and create vulnerabilities, as well as those that build resilience and coping
  • how resilience can build anytime through life with effective support in relationship with other people
  • about expectation-failure and how to help a child who has been conditioned in this way
  • how to recognise, highlight and reflect back the strengths in a traumatised child who struggles with praise to shift their negative cognitions/self-beliefs
  • specific approaches and strategies for the promotion of resilience and coping in vulnerable children and adolescents

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Training delivered by

Christina Enright

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.