The Science of Sleep: Supporting Replenishing Sleep in Vulnerable Children

Delivered by

Christina Enright


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In Person | Online

Duration options

2 hours


This training can be adapted to a diverse range of contexts, and it may be possible to include further bespoke elements on request.

Content Summary:

There are all sorts of reasons why children might have sleep problems. This workshop is suitable for anyone working with or supporting children where the child is struggling with disrupted sleep. Attendees will learn about how dysregulation in the nervous system can mean children struggle to get to sleep, wake often and early or even when they appear to sleep well, are not getting replenishing sleep. Practical strategies for supporting children with sleep will be presented.

Learning Objectives

As a result of completing this training attendees can learn about:

  • Why sleep is important for our physical, mental health and overall wellbeing
  • The link between the brain, body and nervous system and sleep
  • How trauma and or anxiety affects sleep patterns
  • Exploring different sleep issues that may arise with vulnerable children
  • Strategies to support children who have disrupted/dysregulated sleep

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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.