Trauma informed approaches in services for young children and their caregivers
Educators and caregivers working with the youngest children, from birth, in formal and informal early childhood education, care, and development settings are the ‘first responders’ in societal reaction to traumatic and adverse experiences. Providing effective, compassionate, and ethical support services requires whole-systems responses that involve a multitude of actors at all systems levels.
How well equipped are the early childhood professionals, who often are the first to interact with children and their families, to intervene early and provide competent and attuned support, so that early signs of distress in children and their caregivers are properly addressed, preventing later consequences? While the role of educators and other early childhood professionals is crucial in providing psychological first aid, how well equipped are they to often manage a high level of stress and the risk of burnout due to the pressure to provide responsive approaches and alleviate child’s and family’s distress. They can make a difference, but what makes the difference for them?
The event will be hosted by Milan Brglez, Member of the European Parliament, and will include presentations by Professor Mathias Urban and Dr Mihaela Ionescu.
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