FREE Youth Mental Health Training – the impact of trauma and abuse, and how we can help - NOW FULLY BOOKED!


Event Date :
28 April 2021
Cost :
Venue :
Delivered Virtually via Zoom (link will be circulated)
Description :


When? (course covers TWO sessions - you will need to commit to both)

  • Wednesday 28 April 2021 (6.30 pm – 7.45 pm) – See session 1 below.
  • Wednesday 5 May 2021 (6.30 pm – 7.45 pm) - See session 2 below.

Please note, this is a repeat of the course which ran on 15 & 22 March 2021.

You have to attend both sessions to receive your attendance certificate.

Cost?  This course (covering two dates), is FREE!

How do I book my place?: To book your place, please complete the booking form.

In these two 1.25 hour workshops we offer an introduction to the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on young people’s mental health, and the potential long-term consequences. These interactive sessions seek to increase participants’ understanding and awareness of the many threats and challenges currently facing young people, both from within and outside the home, and help them to be better placed to spot the signs of mental distress, abuse and trauma, feel more confident in how to respond, and offer practical and positive help and support.  With COVID currently having a significant and traumatic impact on young people’s lives, this workshop has never been more needed to help safeguard their wellbeing and build resilience to deal with life’s many difficulties.

Session 1 (28 April 2021 6.30 pm – 7.45 pm)

  • New research and ways of understanding mental ill health and trauma.
  • The lifetime impact of early adversity on children’s outcomes (ACEs).
  • Extra-familial harm – the risks facing young people outside the home (including criminal and sexual exploitation, youth violence and relationship abuse) and their consequences.
  • The principles of trauma-informed care, and how it can help.           

Session 2 (5 May 2021 6.30 pm – 7.45 pm)

  • Responding to a young person experiencing mental distress.
  • Building resilience to help young people cope.
  • How to provide supportive and nurturing services for young people experiencing ACEs and trauma.
  • Positive ways to ‘close the loop’ in the negative cycles trauma can bring to families.


Debbie Frances: Debbie has been delivering training on different aspects of youth mental health for the past 8 years, since setting up an early intervention peer support project for young people in East Devon.  As a parent carer for a young adult with complex trauma-related mental illness, she is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of parent and youth participation within mental health care, and works with and delivers training for CAMHS.  She is currently studying a Masters in Mental Health Recovery & Social Inclusion.

Victoria Robinson: Victoria has been working with young people and their families in East Devon for over 15 years - from accidentally becoming the Chair of a Preschool to her current role as Youth Lead for East Devon District Council, which has involved running a youth group and assisting police, Early Help and Social Services to support and protect young people.

How do I book my place?: To book your place, please complete the booking form.