The Impact of Trauma in Infants

Infancy is a period of phenomenal physical, neurological, social and emotional growth. The foundations necessary for future learning and relationships are created during this time of development. Trauma during this critical time can leave long-lasting scars that will shape how children grow and learn in the future.

Infants

Created by Amy Wilner, Psy.D, Grants Manager at a Home Within, and formerly the Clinical Director of our Marin Chapter. Dr. Wilner has been in private practice working with adolescents, adults, couples, and parents, since 1997.  She maintains offices in both San Francisco and Marin, and has been involved with A Home Within since 2005.

The content of the Curriculum trainings are based on relationship-based therapy and practices, developed by the mental health team of A Home Within and Dr. Toni Heineman, author of Relational Treatment of Trauma, and co-editor of Relationship-Based Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.

About the Training

Infants who have been traumatized will have much more difficulty attaining the organization necessary for healthy development.

This training reviews current research about the effects of trauma, and organizes its impact along four aspects of development — physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. It then provides examples and suggestions about how to respond in ways that promote growth and healthy relationships.

At the end of this training you will:

  • Understand how trauma interferes with babies’ relationships with caregivers
  • Learn techniques for helping infants develop self regulation
  • Appreciate the neurological resilience that helps babies overcome trauma

A review of typical physical development opens the first section, followed by a review of the impact of trauma on an infant’s physical development. The section then explores ways that caregivers can promote physical development using physicality, thinking, relationships, and feelings. The next sections follow this same format for cognitive, social, and emotional development.

This training is designed to help non-clinicians understand the effects of trauma and respond in ways that promote growth and healthy relationships.

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