Infant Trauma

Good morning, and welcome to this presentation about the infant’s experience of trauma. My name is Colby Pearce. I am a Clinical Psychologist working out of Adelaide, South Australia.

Before we go any further, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands we meet upon today, and the continuing connection Aboriginal people feel to land, culture and community. I would also like to pay respects to their ancestors past, present, and emerging.

Across the past twenty -eight years I have worked continuously in the child protection space, as an employee and independent contractor for the statutory child protection body in South Australia. I have supported teams who work in child protection and out-of-home care. I have developed and delivered programs in South Australia and Ireland.

In my work I have observed the immediate and longer-term impacts of relational trauma in the early developmental period, which I present about in this self-paced learning module. I also give some coverage of conventional aspects of parenting and relating that might be expected to address the impacts of early trauma at home.

Time will not permit me to speak at-length on these issues. For greater exposure to what I have learned in my work I refer you to and

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