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This podcast is being brought to you by the Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma and we are committed to providing people living and working with child trauma with proven strategies to achieve the best possible outcomes for families.

    Conference Special 1 - How to Combat Grief, Guilt and Anxiety

    Conference Special 1 - How to Combat Grief, Guilt and Anxiety

    The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma's November 2021 conference attracted parents and professionals from around the country.

    It was an emotional day. Well, it would be wouldn't it because so much to do with fostering and adopting children from trauma involves raw emotion.

    Billed as "your roadmap of strategies through to sanity", reflected  the difficulties that come with parenting traumatised children as well as the need for self-care to build the resilience required to keep going.

    In this edition, Serena Gay talks to the COECT's Sarah Naish and Sarah Dillon who opened the conference with a talk on strategies to cope with "Clouds of Grief, Guilt and Anxiety".

    This edition also features an interview with the NATP's Glynis Hough who has many years of successful fostering experience but who recently experienced great anguish when her foster daughter left the family for good.

    Find out more about her story and why she wanted conference attendees to know all about it.

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    The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma is an umbrella organisation combining resources, research and knowledge from cutting edge experts in the sector – Inspire Training Group, National Association of Therapeutic Parents, Sarah Naish – Keynote Speaker and Author, The Haven – Parenting and Wellbeing Centre and Safer Fostering. 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CoEChildTrauma
    Telephone – 01453 519000 
    Email – info@coect.co.uk 
    Website - www.coect.co.uk

    • 22 min
    How Trauma Impacts Children and Food

    How Trauma Impacts Children and Food

    In this last episode of Series 2,  expert Sarah Dillon explains how and why trauma has such a profound and negative effect on the relationship children have with food. 

    Their behaviours with it might include:
    hoarding stealing hiding eating all the time refusing food only eating certain types of food gorging on sugar or sugar productsAll of these have a perfectly good explanation which reflect the upsetting experiences of a child's early years.

    Not only are all these behaviours typical of a child who has undergone abuse and neglect,  but they also express the need to find replacements for the love and care that has been missing.

    What they require from their parents now are the therapeutic parenting techniques set out by Sarah who brings humour and colour to the strategies she knows, from experience, really work.

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    The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma is an umbrella organisation combining resources, research and knowledge from cutting edge experts in the sector – Inspire Training Group, National Association of Therapeutic Parents, Sarah Naish – Keynote Speaker and Author, The Haven – Parenting and Wellbeing Centre and Safer Fostering. 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CoEChildTrauma
    Telephone – 01453 519000 
    Email – info@coect.co.uk 
    Website - www.coect.co.uk

    • 18 min
    Advice on Inappropriate Sexualised Behaviour in Children

    Advice on Inappropriate Sexualised Behaviour in Children

    When small children display signs of sexualised behaviour, foster and adoptive parents find it repugnant.

    As NATP expert Jane Mitchell explains, they are rightly furious with those responsible for the abuse their child must have suffered in an earlier existence.

    In this episode, Jane sets out an array of simple but effective  strategies that help to reset a child's understanding of what is appropriate behaviour between children and adults. 

    But she advises learning to differentiate between what is normal childhood curiousity and what is clearly entirely improper knowledge.

    If it's the latter, parents should alert their supervising social worker and the local authority without delay and find out what therapeutic intervention is available.

    In the case of older children who were subject to abuse in their early years, they may well be vulnerable to some form of sexual grooming.

    In all instances, the NHS, the NSPCC and Barnardo's are all good ports of call as is the website Thinkuknow




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    The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma is an umbrella organisation combining resources, research and knowledge from cutting edge experts in the sector – Inspire Training Group, National Association of Therapeutic Parents, Sarah Naish – Keynote Speaker and Author, The Haven – Parenting and Wellbeing Centre and Safer Fostering. 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CoEChildTrauma
    Telephone – 01453 519000 
    Email – info@coect.co.uk 
    Website - www.coect.co.uk

    • 19 min
    Running Away: How to Bring Children Home

    Running Away: How to Bring Children Home

    In this episode, Sarah Dillon tells us why traumatized children run away or abscond from loving and caring foster and adoptive families. 
    She understands this problem in depth both as a professional and because she was once a runner herself. 
    Sarah tells us children run away for fear-based reasons which do not reflect badly on their foster or adoptive parents.
    They may not seriously intend staying away but it is likely that they are trying to make sense of unprocessed trauma.
    Her advice is not to make a big deal out of it no matter how anguished you may feel.

    You need to help them feel it’s not about them but about what happened to them. 

    Sarah mentions three books which listeners may find useful:

    The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting by Sarah Naish
    The Quick Guide to Therapeutic Parenting by Sarah Naish and Sarah Dillon



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    The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma is an umbrella organisation combining resources, research and knowledge from cutting edge experts in the sector – Inspire Training Group, National Association of Therapeutic Parents, Sarah Naish – Keynote Speaker and Author, The Haven – Parenting and Wellbeing Centre and Safer Fostering. 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CoEChildTrauma
    Telephone – 01453 519000 
    Email – info@coect.co.uk 
    Website - www.coect.co.uk



     

    • 20 min
    Understanding Why Your Child is Dissociating

    Understanding Why Your Child is Dissociating

    A child in a state of dissociation can be a strange and disturbing thing to witness.

    In this week's edition, Jessica Jackson - whose own small son has a tendency to dissociate - talks us through why this happens and above all, what to do when it does.

    Dissociating can best be described as mentally leaving the room.

    If you are parenting a traumatized child you may be aware that they seem to go into a trance and be completely unaware of what is happening around them.

    This could well be a repeat of the survival mechanism that served them well during times of extreme stress before they joined your family.

    We don't always know what triggers them into displaying dissociation in what are now safe and happy homes - but they can hurt themselves during such episodes and Jessica gives us some excellent coping strategies.

    Concerned parents who are also members of the NATP (part of COECT's umbrella group) are welcome to contact us for one to one help.

    You can find out more about COECT and the NATP's training, listening circles and support here https://www.naotp.com/

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    The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma is an umbrella organisation combining resources, research and knowledge from cutting edge experts in the sector – Inspire Training Group, National Association of Therapeutic Parents, Sarah Naish – Keynote Speaker and Author, The Haven – Parenting and Wellbeing Centre and Safer Fostering. 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CoEChildTrauma
    Telephone – 01453 519000 
    Email – info@coect.co.uk 
    Website - www.coect.co.uk

    • 16 min
    What To Do When Your Child Soils Themselves

    What To Do When Your Child Soils Themselves

    Your first reaction to the sight of your child smeared in its own poo could well be shock and revulsion.

    But understanding why they do strange things with their faeces or when they urinate on the carpet is key to finding a solution.

    You might be surprised to learn that this is one of the issues most asked-about on our Facebook page.

    This episode's guest, Sarah Dillon, the COECT's Therapeutic Lead, has helped many parents and children overcome wee and poo issues using therapeutic parenting-inspired strategies.

    As she tells us, such problems can seriously interfere with how children attach to their parents and they can occur with older teenagers as well as the very young. 

    But, the important thing is to find a way to ensure that relationships stay strong by using a series of strategies that reinforce a child's sense that it is safe, accepted and loved. 

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    COECT, The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma is an umbrella organisation combining resources, research and knowledge from cutting edge experts in the sector – Inspire Training Group, National Association of Therapeutic Parents, Sarah Naish – Keynote Speaker and Author, The Haven – Parenting and Wellbeing Centre and Safer Fostering. 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CoEChildTrauma
    Telephone – 01453 519000 
    Email – info@coect.co.uk 
    Website - www.coect.co.uk

    • 25 min

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