Childhood Trauma: Impact on Development and Behaviour

TIC-Childhood Trauma - Impact on development & behaviour

The responses of children/tamariki to a traumatic event vary. Even children/tamariki exposed to the same traumatic event may have different responses. Nearly all children/tamariki express some kind of distress or behavioural change following a traumatic event. This course will review childhood trauma from biological as well as cultural perspectives.

At the end of this course you will:

  • understand the common types of trauma
  • have learned about the impact of trauma on child/tamariki development and behaviour
  • understand the role of resilience when addressing trauma
  • have considered the role of trauma for different cultures.


Following the course you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. Healthcare professionals can claim 1.5 CPD points or learning hours.


This content has been developed by the Werry Workforce Whāraurau, a national workforce development centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health, Uniservices Ltd, at the University of Auckland, in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki in April 2017.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


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