The effect of traumatic experiences on childhood attachment styles March 2023

The effect of traumatic experiences on childhood attachment styles

Completing “The effect of traumatic experiences on childhood attachment styles” will contribute 4 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Student/child Mental health addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2 and 1.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

About the online workshop

This NESA accredited professional development will create awareness of the key role teachers and all school staff play in both repairing and maintaining secure child/teacher attachments in educational settings.

A nurturing and positive relationship between teachers and children is crucial in improving learning outcomes and, social and emotional wellbeing.

Disrupted attachment is evident when a child is subjected to inconsistent, insensitive, abusive and neglectful relationships. The child may be observed as uncooperative, aggressive, demanding, impulsive, withdrawn, reactive or have unpredictable behaviour.

Repairing disrupted attachment resulting from trauma and maintaining secure attachment in your classrooms and early learning centres is crucial to improving learning outcomes and social and emotional wellbeing.

During this online workshop, we will examine and discuss:

  • The important role teachers play in repairing and maintaining secure child/teacher relationships by creating a ‘safe place’.
  • Brain development and how it is affected by trauma/disrupted attachment.
  • How trauma can lead to disrupted attachment.
  • The cognitive delays, dysregulation, the way children learn, interact, communicate and the impact it has on social competence and lower academic success for children with disrupted attachment.
  • The underpinnings of attachment models like the Circle of Security in an easily comprehended model addressing the physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioural perspectives.

What you will learn during the online workshop:

  • The different attachment styles that will be evident in your classrooms and early learning centres.
  • The effect of trauma on attachment.
  • Why successful attachment is important in improving learning outcomes, healthy relationships and connection.
  • Recognise when attachments have gone off track and how to fix them.
  • To sensitively document your concerns to share with carers and other professionals, that will hopefully lead to supportive early intervention.

Who is this professional learning suitable for?

This NESA accredited online workshop is suitable for teachers, educators and support workers who work with children in early childhood and primary schools.


Date: Friday, 3 March 2023
Time: 9:30am to 2pm AEDT
Location: Online webinar, attendees will receive their access details the week of the webinar
Heather Irvine-Rundle, senior clinical psychologist and director of The READ Clinic
Ticket price: $200 per person (including GST)
Booking form: Download the booking form
Purchase tickets: Purchase tickets via PayPal

If you would like to purchase your ticket via bank transfer, please email ( the team and we will send you our banking details.

About the speaker

Heather Irvine-Rundle
Senior clinical psychologist, Conjoint Professor of Practice, School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle and director of The READ Clinic

Heather is a senior clinical psychologist and the director of The Read Clinic, which is one of the largest psychology practises in Australia. As well as practising in Australia, Heather has also spent three years in the UK working with some of the most deprived families in Liverpool and London. She also led a service providing advice and consultations on mental health to all the schools in the South London area.

As well as practicing for over two decades Heather has also found time to become a published author with her latest book Hello Baby. Heather speaks regularly on local ABC radio, has appeared on a number of television shows including 60 Minutes, and writes regular articles for print and digital media.

In 2019, Heather was appointed as Conjoint Professor of Practice in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, NSW.


Purchase tickets via PayPal

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If you would like to purchase your ticket via bank transfer, please email ( the team and we will send you our banking details.

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If the event is cancelled by Committed to Childcare Conferences, a full refund for the cost of the ticket will be reimbursed to the buyer. The organiser will not be liable for accommodation or travel costs incurred by the buyer to attend the event.

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