Covid-19, Toxic Stress and Community Resilience

Maintaining compassionate reason during social adversity

Open webinar — 10 June 2020 | 17 June 2020

Toxic levels of stress can injure our brains, changing the way we think, feel and behave until we have recovered from the injuries. This can happen to anyone, and at times of significant social adversity such as pandemic or climate change it will happen to many. This webinar, delivered by Kate Cairns, and the e-learning which accompanies it, enables participants to reflect on the implications of trauma-informed practice under such conditions. Trauma-informed practice has increasingly been recognised as important in our public services as understanding of current research evidence grows. And at a time when the whole population is living with issues of toxic stress and severe anxiety trauma-informed practice becomes essential for everyone in any sort of public service.

Target audience: Public service workforce

learning outcomes

  1. Understand the impact of unregulated stress on brain function
    1. Identify key areas of human development that may be affected by toxic stress
    2. Summarise the key difficulties that may affect traumatised people
    3. Explain the phases of recovery from toxic stress and trauma
    4. Identify key principles in promoting recovery from trauma
  2. Understand promoting recovery for traumatised people
    1. Reflect on how to encourage and support people with their recovery from toxic stress
    2. Describe how community support helps people with their recovery from trauma
    3. Explain the importance of being able to act as an advocate on behalf of traumatised people to ensure their needs are met in relation to recovery from trauma

content overview

Timings:  11.00 - 12.30 (except 13 May, 14.00 - 15.30)

Slides included in the webinar presentation

  1. What is stress?
  2. Toxic stress and trauma in childhood in the UK before Covid-19
  3. What is trauma?
  4. What causes stress to become toxic?
  5. What makes us vulnerable generally, and specifically during a pandemic?
  6. Consequences in adult life of adverse childhood experiences
  7. Protective And Compensatory Experience
  8. Trauma is the result of a mechanism for survival of the species
  9. Dan Siegel’s hand model of the brain
  10. If we flip our lid…
  11. Putting the lid back on
  12. Emotional regulation and resilience
  13. The balance between reason and compassion
  14. Why the balance matters
  15. The impact of trauma
  16. Reduced ability to self-regulate
  17. Reduced ability to make sense of the world
  18. Reduced ability to make sense of social interaction
  19. Reframing thoughts about people
  20. The Power Threat Meaning Framework
  21. Applying the PTM theory to everyday life
  22. How does the PTM framework help day to day?
  23. Five to Thrive is a neurological sequence …
  24. A space for reflection
  25. How does your service contribute to reducing toxic stress in the community?
  26. A space for personal reflection

Book webinar place(s)

10 June 2020 £25.00 + VAT