When to Be Brave & When to Stay Safe – Working with Child Trauma

Delivered by

Graham Music


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In Person | Online

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1 hr | 2 hr | 3 hr | 4 hr | 6 hr | 12 hr (2 days) | 5 seminar module


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

Content Summary: 

One of the most important elements of trauma work for any practitioner working with children and young people is the need to provide safety and create a secure environment for the work and the onwards journey together towards recovery. However, this can sometimes come with risk. There could be a danger in prioritising this safety over finding the courage at the right time to explore the darker, deeper places where the pain has taken root and now resides. Bravely co-exploring these areas of challenge can be the essential work required for that child or young person to then be able to go on to live a richer and more emotionally restored life – but how do we know when is the right time to venture into the dark?

In this workshop, Graham will be looking at working with child trauma with a fresh lens and exploring what we, as practitioners and professional or parents and carers, may need to consider within ourselves in order to be brave in our interventions with children and young people. Graham will be thinking about the information our bodies can give us in these moments, and ways to identify the clues – so often easily missed – that might guide our approaches and responses to our clients’ needs, as well as signal the clients’ own process and reactions.

Graham will propose the idea of being a ‘nervous system whisperer’ for our clients, where we can start to make sense of somatic body-to-body experience. He will also bring in ideas taken from other therapies such as ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) and IFS that include being able to identify when a client might be ready and able to face those deeper, darker roots of the pain, and when not.

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Training delivered by

Graham Music

Graham Music is Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre and adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Respark: Igniting Hope & Joy after Trauma & Depression (2022), Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope using neurobiology, psychoanalysis and attachment (2019), Nurturing Natures: (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life (2014). He has a passion for exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. A former Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, he has managed and developed many services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment,. He works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic, and teaches, lectures and supervises in Britain and abroad.