War, displacement and refugee experiences can have a devastating impact on refugee children and their families. Exposure to constant situations of chronic fear, dealing with multiple losses including the loss of country and the loss of personal power and identity means that the parental/care giver’s ability to provide secure attachment and safe family environment to their children is severely diminished. Apart from the impact of early childhood trauma on attachment the research shows that the prolonged trauma affects the brain’s ability to effectively integrate sensory, affective and cognitive information into a consistent whole.
As such this is impacting on child’s future, their ability to socialise, learn and integrate in a new society. In this presentation, case studies are used to illustrate the impact of trauma on developing brain. She will also briefly discuss the application of Biofeedback in work with developmental trauma and importance of working on attachment and caregiver’s ability to support the changes in their children that occur though the process of therapy and how the interventions should be designed to support this process.