Professional Development

Sensory, Dyadic Play, and Body Based Activities for Children and their Caregivers: Supporting Emotional Regulation after Trauma

Children and young people who have experienced harm, abuse and neglect often experience fear and mistrust even long after their experience of trauma.

Many children will have many unmet attachment needs and unfinished developmental tasks because of what has happened to them.

The aim of this workshop will be to increase practitioners skills in assessing children and young people in terms of what their missing experiences are and where they are at developmentally based on the impacts of their trauma experience.

There will be a focus on how practitioners can use neurobiology of trauma and attachment knowledge into practice to support children and their parents in playful dyadic connection through somatic body based exercises and sensory activities; both of which can encourage emotional regulation, development and trauma integration needed for healing and recovery.

This is a practical workshop and there may be some invitations to explore body movements, so please wear comfortable clothing !


Learning Outcomes:

  • Expand their knowledge on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma in relation to the developing brain;
  • Increase their knowledge and skills in using practical therapeutic activities and tools for safely engaging children and their caregivers in body based exercises and sensor based activities, and
  • Gain a deeper trauma-specific understanding of how to match and implement body and sensory-based activities to soothe the child’s unique trauma expressions/responses.

Who should attend this workshop?

TEI funded and all other community services


Ashley Gobeil is a Clinical Social worker and child and family therapist who has a master’s in social health & Counselling and a Master of Social Work Qualifying. Ashley has been working with children and young people for the past 12 years in contexts such as childcare, youth residential care, domestic and family violence, family dispute resolution, and child abuse and neglect. Ashley’s therapeutic positions in NGO settings have provided her with great understanding of complex trauma & neurobiology, attachment theories, anxiety and depression, gendered violence, family law, group work, and art and play therapy.

More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

Code: NP2341

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Online Workshop


Wednesday 15 September 2021


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

More Info



Online Workshop


Online via Zoom


  • Member: $45.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $59.95 + GST

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