Trauma Influenced Parenting - An Introduction - 27th Feb, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM - Mums NI - A Hub For Parents in Northern Ireland
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"My seven year old son's screaming in the garden as he played used to send me crazy as it reminded me of a serious car accident I was in ten years ago. I couldn't understand it and I hated myself for shouting at him to be quiet or sending him inside. I was desperate to figure out why so I could sort myself out and improve my parenting skills before I ruined my relationship with my boy."

- Do you find it difficult to parent because your children, or their actions remind you of previous trauma you have experienced?

- Your own behaviour and emotions are heightened dealing with your kids and you find yourself overreacting or panicking?

- You think that your fears and behaviour are linked to previous trauma but you can't understand why, and what to do about it?

- Perhaps you find yourself extremely anxious, irritable, or cannot control your emotions around your children and act out in ways you do not want to?

Parenting is tough, we all know that. Parenting after trauma can add on dimensions to parenting that can make it a minefield to work through. Not everybody that has experienced trauma will go on to have difficulties but for those that do, you can end up parenting from a place of continuous fear without even knowing it.

And there are so many ways that this fear can show itself. You can flip from being over-protective of your children, to irrationally responding to fairly innocuous behaviour that would normally be brushed off.

Attend this half day informative workshop, Trauma Influenced Parenting - An Introduction, to help you understand how previous trauma can influence parenting, and learn how to recognise symptoms and triggers within the family unit.

Workshop Outcomes:

• Learn what we mean by the term trauma and how it can affect you imminently and also years later.

• To understand how parenting can re-trigger trauma and influence how you parent and act around your children.

• To be able to recognise a number of triggers, signs and symptoms that may indicate that trauma is affecting your parenting.

• To be able to recognise what is healthy and unhealthy, and when you need to reach out for support.

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• Parents who know, or suspect, that previous trauma they have experienced or witnessed is influencing how they parent and act within their family unit.

• Carers, spouses, relatives, health professionals or other interested individuals who want to support somebody who is affected by trauma.

• Anybody with an interest in the field of trauma informed care and trauma influenced parenting.
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