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Consequences of childhood complex trauma in adulthood

Studies conducted in recent years on the biological aspects of going through traumatic events show that extensive changes often occur in the nervous system and in the functioning of the entire body as the consequence of trauma: brain activity, integrational ability, memory, hormonal regulation, functioning of the immune system etc. change. Often somatic symptoms that doctors cannot explain are the aftermath of a traumatic event.

It is certain that in the case of children living in our foster homes and shelters removing the child from family has been preceded by painful and scarring events. So that specialists working with children had an opportunity to notice the trouble of a child on time and help the child in the best possible way, the Trauma therapy and training centre held a one-day training course “Consequences of childhood complex trauma in adulthood”. Acknowledged Nordic experts on complex trauma and trainer Anna Suokas-Cunliffe shared with the listeners their knowledge and experiences of complex trauma as a developmental trauma and how it will affect body and mind. With the support of the SEB Charity Fund 25 employees of foster homes and shelters had the opportunity to take part in the training course.

After the training course specialists in the field gave feedback. All children living in our institutions are traumatised, several have experienced neglect and direct physical violence in early childhood. In some respects it could be said that most of our children have complex traumas from childhood and therefore all family workers should be educated in this field.
The training course was highly beneficial for working with clients who have gone through trauma. It provided an opportunity to understand the complex influence of trauma on the life and coping mechanisms of a person.
It was important for the participants to hear that it is not possible to help a person with complex trauma by working with a single trauma episode and instantly starting to work with the past could cause a lot of damage. Instead, it may take several long years of work with the present – triggers and behavioural mechanisms influencing this person’s life.
It is rather common in shelters that while in bed in the evening children wish to listen to music, fall asleep with the light on, leave the room constantly etc., the children have trouble falling asleep. There are definitely fears hidden behind this behaviour and also that “seemingly healthy me” is afraid of being left alone.
While working with young people, employees often meet teenagers whose helpless rage caused by abuse is aimed against themselves. During the training course the background of self-mutilation and self-harm was explained, also what should a specialist know who is working with abused children and young people.

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