Neurodevelopment and Trauma - Shame and Mentalisation


Mentalization is a form of imaginative mental activity which assists us all in interpreting our and others mental states, needs, desires, feelings, beliefs and goals. It is what helps us understand ourselves and each other. Shame is a social and relational feeling state which helps us care about each other and relate with caring and understanding. Both these neurological processes can be significantly impacted by early trauma and adverse childhood experience. The processes are explained and ways to help children who struggle due to trauma will be discussed.

Teaching Methods

Course material provided will be delivered via description and dialogue by the facilitator supported by power point slides. There is a strong emphasis on practice skills and development and group participation is encouraged throughout and essential to participant learning. This will include video clips, group and small group exercises and examples from and for practice development.

Length of Course

1/2day (3 hours with 15 minute break)


Any appropriately sized room with a projector, screen and flip chart

Group Size

Minimum group size 6. Can be taught to up to 30 at one time. Can be offered as a conference presentation for larger groups.

Who will benefit/target audience

This training day is really interesting and helpful to anyone working with children and young peoplein a range of context including vulnerable and hard to reach populations.

No previous knowledge of mentalization and shame is required and this course can be offered at a variety of levels.

Main benefits

To understand the concepts of mentalization and shame and how early trauma can adversely impact on the development of these processes. There will be discussion and ideas as to how support and work with children and young people struggling with these relational, social and emotional skills.


The power point presentation will be made available after the training

A list of readings and resources will be provided at the end of the power point

Lead Associate/Associate Skills, Knowledge

MA level professionally qualified practitioners with a wide variety of skills as trainers, lecturers and educators. They offer extensive theory to practice knowledge and experience of attachment theory and include psychotherapists, consultant nurses and social workers, psychologists and related health professionals.

Next Steps

We encourage any organisation which would like to make use of our courses and training to contact us to discuss.
Call: 0123 456 789

Contact us

Call: 07800 970 049 (Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm)