Working with children and teenagers who have experienced medical trauma

This CPD day will include a mix of theory and experiential work aimed at increasing participant’s understanding of how medical trauma effects children and families. We will explore the impact of medical trauma at different developmental stages.

The day is designed to equip participants with tools to support parents and caregivers in managing and understanding children’s behaviour within context. Tools and supportive activities for children and teens who have experienced medical trauma will also be explored. There will be a large emphasis on regulation strategies and also therapeutic approaches which allow processing and development of coping skills and mechanisms. We will also explore creative ways to support parents through the adjustment process and to encourage families thrive.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop a greater understanding Medical trauma
  • Learn how experiences of medical trauma at different developmental stages differ
  • Learn practical techniques for use with whole families and individual members as well as children in order to process experiences and move forward in healthy ways


Emer McDonagh

Emer holds an MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and a BA (HONS) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. She has extensive experience working with children who have experienced domestic violence and also with non residential parents and their children, maintaining and promoting quality contact. Emer has been involved in the Daphne III programme Responding to Child Parent Violence action research project, training in Non Violent Resistance and the Break 4 Change programme targeting services to families affected by Child Parent Violence. Emer has also completed Intensive Filial Therapy Training, and mindfulness training. Emer also provides a family support role with families affected by meningitis. She has developed a number of workshops to support adults such as “You, Your Thoughts & Your ACTions”, addressing stress and anxiety, “Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!, parenting children affected by Meningitis”. She has also developed and facilitated workshops to support whole families including “Reconnecting after Meningitis” and the sibling support workshop “Me Too!”. Emer has worked with the Brothers of Charity services and been involved in a number of Humanitarian aid projects in both Ethiopia and Peru. Currently Emer is in private practice at Acorns 2 Oaks Therapy Services and also provides trainings for professionals working with vulnerable children. Emer facilitates our Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Galway and also works as a CTC supervisor.

Cancellations: In the event of any cancellation a booking fee of €50 will be retained. Full fee is non-refundable in the event of cancellations within 2 weeks of the event, You may nominate another eligible person to take your place – simply notify us and provide us with their contact details.

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