Supporting Children and Adults with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities Affected by Trauma

Online course Friday 21st January 2022

10-12pm  UK Time 

Understanding the impact of trauma is fundamental to care, support and education

Online course – Friday 21st January 10-12 UK time

Many people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities are living with the effects of trauma, and this can have devastating effects on their emotional and physical health, learning and development. This course is for family members, education, health and social care professionals and therapists and will sensitively and compassionately examine why this population are at such high risk of suffering from trauma and what we can best do to support healing. The course is designed specifically to focus on the needs of children and adults with severe and profound disabilities, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and autism and is applicable to people with brain injury and dementia who use other means than words to communicate.

The course will cover:

• What is trauma

• The effects of trauma

• What science tells us about how we can support wellbeing and healing

• Specific considerations for people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities

Practical evidence-based approaches for supporting the wellbeing of people who may be affected by trauma

You will take away tools and strategies that:

• Can be used in home, education and adult services and settings

• Can be used to support both children and adults

• Do not require cognitive and language skills and abilities

• Do not require any specialist equipment

You will get:

• A live 2 hour course held on Zoom (with a short screen break)

• Opportunity for questions and discussion throughout and to stay for further discussion between 12-12.30

• Research evidence and theory, as well as suggestions for how you can best support those you love and care for

• A copy of the slides handout and a certificate of attendance 

The course includes research evidence and theory and explores practical ways that you can support those you support, love and care for.

People with severe and profound intellectual / learning disabilities and profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) are at increased risk of experiencing and suffering from the effects of trauma.

Science has shown us that there is a wealth of natural, non-invasive things we can do that involve interactions, the senses and the body to help restore this sense of safety, benefit our mental wellbeing and assist in healing from trauma.

We will look at how nurturing interactions, promoting predictability and consistency and offering soothing experiences can help recovery and healing from trauma.

Dr Julie Calveley is the Founder Director of NAC, a UK based community interest company that exists to support the emotional wellbeing of people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities and PMLD (

Julie is a registered learning disability nurse with over 25 years of experience and qualifications and training in psychology, mental health, behaviour, neuroscience and trauma.

She is the author of a number of publications and book chapters in the field of intellectual / learning disabilities.



Location – Online

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Friday 21st January 10-12, UK Time, 2022

Standard admission: £28
Family carers: £6.00