This workshop will support professionals to better understand the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Children and youth who witness abuse, or who themselves are abused, often develop internalizing and/or externalizing behaviours. Current research has identified that a number of children in the care of child protection agencies frequently crossover into our youth justice (YJ) systems. Children and youth in the YJ system are often labeled as “uncooperative”, “oppositional”, or simply “bad”.
This workshop reframes “uncooperative” and “oppositional” behaviour as inaccurate labeling and offers a more helpful trauma-informed lens. Children and youth who experience either maltreatment or exposure to violence in their families of origin are twice as likely to report emotional, cognitive, and behavioural dysregulation – a common response to developmental trauma. This training will assist professionals to identify trauma and attachment as a driver of externalizing behaviours. This workshop is intended to support reflective practice and to encourage frontline workers to respond – rather than react – to youth’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviours as they face challenges which require resiliency and safer coping skills.