Childhood trauma and family violence - A speech pathology perspective

Ms Suzanne Lim, MSPA CPSP

WA Childhood Trauma and Family Violence

Workshop summary

This workshop will explore the issues of childhood trauma and attachment in the context of family violence and the impact of this on the child’s development, behaviour, learning and emotional well being. How is the child’s communication development impacted? What can the speech pathologist do to assist and what is our role?

Learning objectives

With increasing awareness of family violence in our community, it is not surprising that speech pathologists are seeing more children with delayed language combined with social, emotional and behavioural issues in the context of complex social backgrounds and trauma. This workshop will explore current knowledge about how trauma impacts the developing brain, leading to deficits in a range of areas such as learning, memory, emotional and behavioural regulation. In addition, an attachment framework will further illuminate issues in the caregiver/child relationship and how this might impact on the child’s sense of self and how they relate to others. The use of case studies will highlight how these issues may show and participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences working with children observing client confidentiality as paramount. The role of the speech pathologist will be explored including practical strategies using a trauma informed approach.

This workshop will include:

  • An overview of trauma with explanation of the types of trauma, abuse, maltreatment and neglect
  • Current information on how trauma impacts the developing brain, and how we can use a trauma informed approach to both understand and support the child, family and school
  • The overlap with developmental issues such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • An attachment framework and opportunity for positive intervention
  • The role of the speech pathologist – what are the challenges and opportunities?
  • Appropriate goal setting for this client population
  • What services and resources are available to assist?

Who should attend?

Registrants must be speech pathologists.

The workshop is aimed at a core level and there is no pre-requisite requirement so those already working in mental health and trauma specific services may find some of the material is familiar, but are welcome to attend.

This workshop is especially relevant to clinicians working with toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children, although concepts will be applicable to adolescents. Speech pathology students are also welcome to attend.

Please be aware, this workshop will not be addressing trauma from the refugee perspective or those who are victims of war, terrorism or natural disaster.

Before the workshop

There are no recommended pre-readings. Case studies, an amalgam of many real life scenarios, will be provided for small group work discussion.

Participants are not required to bring anything to the event - all materials are provided.

Workshop details

Two day workshop in Perth on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 March 2020 
8.30 am registration for a 9.00 am start, concludes at 4.30 pm


If you have any questions about the workshop or venue, please contact Lori Rainford, CPD Coordinator

If you have any questions about the registration process please contact National Office or 1300 368 835.

23/03/2020 9:00 AM - 24/03/2020 4:30 PM
Wollaston Conference Centre 5 Wollaston Road Mt Claremont PERTH WA 6010
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Registration Fees

Registration categoriesFee
SPA Certified Practising, Non Certified or Re-entry Members$544.00
SPA Non Practising or Full-time Postgraduate Student Member$360.00
SPA Student Member$272.00
Non Member$1,088.00
Early Bird closing date is 1 month before the event. After this date an additional $99 registration fee applies.
In proceeding with your registration you agree to the SPA CPD Branch Terms and Conditions.