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Activity description

148482 - The effects of trauma on children’s mental health

RACGP Specific Interests

This webinar examines frameworks that GPs use to remain curious about the circumstances of children who have been affected by trauma, while establishing support networks that assist in recovery.

Relevance to General Practice

A child’s psychological recovery from experiences of trauma, loss and other adverse experiences is often dependent on their network of supportive and nurturing relationships. Mental health difficulties can be exacerbated by lack of access to support mechanisms that help children make sense of what has happened to them, and that they are not to blame for what happened to them. A GPs role is often pivotal in supporting the establishment of these networks, particularly for children who are socially and economic isolated or who have problematic relationships with the adults in their lives.

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss the impacts of trauma, loss and adversity on the developing brain and how this might affect a child’s behaviour and social and cognitive functioning.
  2. Outline preventative approaches that can reduce mental health and behavioural concerns developing in infants and children who have experienced trauma and loss.
  3. Counsel parents and children about the effects of trauma in a way that provides hope and a way forward.
  4. Recognise the potential mental health risks for infants and children who have experienced trauma or loss, and intervene to mitigate immediate risks.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Children and young people health
  • Psychological health

Partnering organisations

Emerging Minds
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Session summary


Thursday 20 June 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm







All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Sally Wilson
T: 0386990956

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