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 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.


This course is located on an eLearning platform on the Goodfellow Unit website.
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