Child Trauma Consulting (CTC) was established in 2018 by Robert Harris to facilitate greater knowledge and understanding of the effects of childhood trauma among educators, other professionals dealing with children, parents and carers of children with childhood trauma and adult survivors of childhood trauma.

Robert has a Masters degree in Special and Inclusive Education, a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and is a barrister. He is an experienced facilitator, speaker and conference presenter.

More than a decade ago, Robert and his partner welcomed children with traumatic histories into their family. The family’s journey in the early years was documented with the experiences of two other adoptive families in the book Lionheart: The Real Life Guide for Adoptive Families.

After many years of seeking to understand their children and best help them, Robert concluded that advances in neuroscience and brain imaging provide an evidence-based framework to better understand childhood trauma and how it affects brain development. Neuroscience provides the opportunity to look past presenting behaviours and see how trauma shapes mood, emotions, cognition, personality and relationships. This knowledge helps everyone.

Having spent many hours with teachers, principals, counsellors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, etc, it appears that many people who need to understand childhood trauma from a neurobiological viewpoint are simply not aware. This is largely down to the availability of affordable training. We aim to change that by making online training courses specifically designed for professionals, parents and carers and survivors of childhood trauma. Educators are so important that we have made them a separate category on their own. We also make our training as low cost as we can and we encourage all alumni to spread the knowledge into their world.

With perhaps 60% of children under 18 having suffered at least one adverse childhood experience, there is much work to be done.

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