Professional Development

Brain Development and Trauma (Part A,B & C) – 3 sessions

How do early childhood experiences of trauma and abuse effect the developing brain, the nervous system, human behaviour and memory? How can children’s development and recovery be supported following the experience of adversity? All these questions and more will be unravelled in this three-part interactive course.

A must for anyone who works with children and families, this course will explore how the brain develops in the early years of life and the way that the environment interacts with our biology to influence brain development.

The participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain an understanding of the biology of the brain, the key brain structures and their functions;
  • Exploring the overview of Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Brian Development;
  • Developing an understanding of how to support healthy brain development – the role of the environment and attachment;
  • Understand the impact of trauma and adversity on brain development in childhood;
  • Explore the effect of toxic stress on the functioning of the stress response system and hormones;
  • Develop an understanding for changes in brain structure and functioning as a result of trauma including the effect on memory systems, learning and cognition, and
  • Understand the key principles for supporting children’s development and recovery following adversity.


Who should attend this workshop?

TEI funded and all other community services


Mirna Tarabay is a Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. She began her career as a teacher and after 6 years of working in the school system in Sydney, she began a career of working with survivors of trauma, abuse and loss. Mirna has worked in a range of capacities primarily with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, both adults and children. Mirna has a practice in Sydney where the focus of her clinical work is with survivors of domestic violence and child abuse including sexual abuse, as well as supervision of counsellors and caseworkers working in the trauma and child protection fields.

To participate in this event you must have access to a PC with video capabilities and a reliable internet connection.

This is a 3 part Online Workshop, you will be required to attend 3 sessions

Part A –  Wednesday 5 August

Part B – Wednesday 12 August

Part C – Wednesday 19 August

More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

Code: WS2108, 09 & 10

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Online Workshop


Wednesday - Wednesday 05 - 19 August 2020


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

More Info



Online Workshop


Online via Zoom


  • Member: $120.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $165.00 + GST

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