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March 26, 2024
Navigating the Path to Healing: Recovery from Trauma

Recovering from trauma is a deeply personal journey, one that varies greatly from person to person. Trauma can disrupt our lives in profound ways, affecting our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It can undermine our sense of safety, causing feelings of helplessness and vulnerability. Recognising the multifaceted impact of trauma is a crucial first step […]

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February 28, 2024
How can we help children who have experienced trauma to feel safer?

Many adults who we have spoken to about what might have helped them as a child, have shared the following suggestions with us and we thought they might help you too. Shift the Focus The first is to shift our focus toward offering reassurance and instilling hope instead of repeatedly delving into the details of […]

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February 5, 2024
Supporting Children Through the Loss of a Parent

After the loss of a parent, children may feel powerless and out of control (Baker, 2020). Providing children with choices in their day-to-day activities and in their broader healing process can help to restore a sense of autonomy. Even small choices can make a significant difference, allowing children to feel that they have a say […]

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January 30, 2024
Nurturing Resilience: Strategies to Support Vicarious Trauma

Working in professions that involve supporting individuals who have experienced trauma can take a toll on our mental health. Vicarious trauma is a real concern for those in these fields, and it's crucial to prioritise self-care. In this blog post, we'll explore three valuable tips from our associates here at TICS (Trauma Informed Consultancy Services) […]

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January 27, 2024
The benefits of Forest School for children with SEMH needs

What is a Forest School? Forest School is a concept first established in Denmark in the 19th century, it came to the UK in the 1990s and is now an established part of many schools’ curriculum. Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, friluftsliv (a love of being in nature without disturbing it). Fundamentally, […]

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January 23, 2024
The EYFS Curriculum; an assessment tool for social development in Year 7

In 2019, as a teacher who had predominantly taught Key Stage 2 and 3 classes, Sophie Tales’s experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was minimal. In fact, her naïve and uneducated pre-conceived view of the first year of a child’s education was that all children did in EYFS was play without assessment or […]

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January 13, 2024
Intergenerational Healing: Trauma-Informed Practices for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse

In our professional roles, we frequently encounter children who have been exposed to domestic abuse. This blog aims to provide a succinct overview to understanding of trauma-informed practices, a vital approach in supporting these young individuals. By acknowledging and addressing the unique needs of children who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse, we can pave […]

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January 7, 2024
Why Clinical Supervision in Education is Essential

Unlike other helping professions, clinical supervision as a professional practice is not something traditionally familiar to education professionals. (Alila et al. 2016, Roberts 2017). Unfortunately, the prevailing culture within education can often be one of performance management and accountability. There is increasing acknowledgment and awareness however, that staff working in education settings also require and […]

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December 27, 2023
Using the Secure Base Model as a Framework for in Fostering and Adoption 

Children’s responses to traumatic events vary. For some, the ‘fight or flight’ response is activated and they become hyper aroused (demonstrated through hypervigilance, anxiety and panic). For others, fighting or fleeing is not possible so the child ‘freezes’ and uses avoidant ‘fleeing’ mechanisms that are dissociative. Examples of a dissociative state include a distorted sense […]

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December 21, 2023
Taking Care During The Christmas Season

The festive period, traditionally a time associated with warmth, joy, and familial togetherness, are paradoxically not universally marked by merriment. For a significant number of people, this time of year embodies a complex tapestry of emotions, where the societal norm of being “jolly and bright” can collide with personal struggles, accentuating the delicate nature of […]

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November 14, 2023
Rebuttal: DfEs Behaviour in Schools Webinar

Sanctions and Exclusions Cannot Build A School Culture of Values, Trust and Positive Behaviours  The anticipated webinar held on 13th November 2023 led by Tom Bennett, Lead Behaviour Advisor OBE , on “Behaviour in Schools” left many questioning why the “new guidance” failed to offer any new evidence-based practices or real solutions to curb the […]

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November 4, 2023
What is Professional Kindness and Why is it Important?

There are times that there can be a sense of incongruence when we’re working in an organisation that considers itself to be on the continuing journey to becoming trauma informed yet the team just isn’t working well together at all. We explored this incongruence in this week’s webinar which saw our Director, Lisa Cherry, in […]

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October 23, 2023
Deepening Awareness to Our Connection to the Changing Season

Staring out of the window on an Autumn day, it dawned on me that as humans, we rarely adjust to the season of Autumn as we approach the darkness of winter. As the trees prepare for releasing what no longer serves them in preparation for rest and replenishment, we are called to do the same.  […]

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October 18, 2023
The Essential Art of 'Meet and Greet' in an Education Setting

Can you recall a time when you've arrived at work or walked into a meeting or social event and no one acknowledged you or tried to make a connection with you? How did it feel? Did you feel welcomed, or valued, or like you belonged? Did you feel like you mattered? Did you feel motivated […]

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October 4, 2023
Nurturing Parental Mental Health: How Schools Can Make a Difference

The significance of parental mental health in a child's development cannot be overstated. As schools strive to provide the best learning environment for students, they must also acknowledge and support the well-being of parents (Goldberg et al., 2019). When parents are mentally healthy and resilient, they can better fulfil their roles as caregivers and educators. […]

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September 27, 2023
The Power of Compassionate Curiosity: A Journey of Understanding

IntroductionIn a world often marred by misunderstanding, intolerance and polarisation, there exists a profound antidote that has the potential to bridge divides, heal wounds and foster connection: compassionate curiosity (Pyles, 2020). This powerful combination of empathy and an inquisitive mindset allows us to approach others and their perspectives with an open heart and a desire […]

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September 21, 2023
Fostering Psychological Safety: Creating Empathetic Working Environments in Children's Services

In children's services, where the well-being and development of young minds are atthe forefront, it is crucial to establish psychological safety as a cornerstone (Gilroy,2023). A psychologically safe working environment not only nurtures the growth of children but also empowers professionals to provide their best care and support. In this blog, we will explore how […]

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September 13, 2023
The Untold Stories of Children: Understanding Behaviour as Communication

Children are like icebergs, with their true essence hidden beneath the surface (Downey & Crummy, 2019). While their behaviour may give us a glimpse into their world, it is crucial to remember that there's often much more to their story than meets the eye. In this blog, we will explore the reasons why we should […]

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September 7, 2023
Relationships; A Cornerstone To Trauma Informed Practices

Trauma is a pervasive and complex issue that affects millions of individuals worldwide (Magruder et al., 2017). It can leave deep emotional scars that impact every aspect of a person's life. Trauma can be the result of various experiences, including physical or emotional abuse, accidents, natural disasters, or even the loss of a loved one […]

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August 22, 2023
ADHD Sucks AND It's Not What You Think It Is!

Our newest member of the team, Sas our Business Development Assistant, shares with us her experience of living as a young woman with ADHD. She also happens to be our Director’s daughter. Lisa tells us “I am so proud that Sas is now on the team here at TICS bringing a unique perspective to just […]

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July 12, 2023
The Complex Relationship Between Eating Disorders, Trauma and Neurodivergence

Introduction Recently, there has been growing recognition of the intricate connections between eating disorders, trauma, and neurodivergence. While these are distinct areas of study, understanding the relationship between them can provide valuable insights into the complexities of mental health. TICS associate Jessica Parker says, “it is so refreshing to see more research activity delving into […]

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July 12, 2023
Disorders, Trauma, and Neurodivergence: Practical Steps for Empathy and Support

Introduction The intersection between eating disorders, trauma, and neurodivergence creates a unique set of challenges for individuals, necessitating a thoughtful and practical approach to support. In this blog post, we will delve into the practical steps we can take to better understand and assist those navigating these complex experiences. By fostering empathy, awareness, and tailored […]

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June 24, 2023
Circle Times: Developing Emotional Regulation, Empathy and Listening skills, in the Primary Classroom

Circles Times are common in many primary classrooms, but their real magic lies in using them to develop social and emotional literacy as part of a strategic relational whole school approach. Using a Circle to focus on a specific behaviour, value, emotion, experience or need or to model emotional articulacy, unpicking emotions and feelings, and […]

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June 8, 2023
Celebrating success and understanding trauma: TICS supports Carer’s Week 2023

This week at TICs we are delighted to mark Carer’s Week 2023 – an event that celebrates and supports unpaid carers throughout the UK. A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or […]

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May 23, 2023
Post-Pandemic Preschoolers - Starting school

The global pandemic was a momentous time for everybody, whether you experienced loss, illness or isolation. A monumental moment in history for so many. For those of school age and over, children who were in education settings will remember masks, limited socialisation, the physical distance between one another, ‘bubbles,’ a lot of screen time learning […]

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May 3, 2023
Hard to Reach Families or Can Schools be Hard to Reach? 

Continuing the theme of supporting the relationship between education settings and parents & carers, TICS Associate Cat Jolleys shares some good practice ideas, reminding us that often it is the school that can be hard to reach, not the family! "At my school, a large, diverse inner city Manchester primary with high numbers of asylum […]

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May 2, 2023
How Can Education Settings Create Strong Relationships with Parents and Carers?

As we contextualise the landscape that we are now working in, it is no surprise to those working in education that education settings are having to rethink so much of what they do and have done in the past. Every inquiry we receive here at TICS describes the same challenges; a rise in pupils on […]

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March 17, 2023
Research Spotlight. State of the nation 2022: children and young people’s wellbeing

Annual trends, according to the Department for Education’s Research Report (February 2023), indicate that subjective happiness and life satisfaction for children and young people appear to have recovered to pre-pandemic levels. However, if you delve in more deeply, there appears to be many areas that have worsened for this demographic. For example, loneliness, mental health, […]

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March 10, 2023
Pandemic Reflections in Education - “When we know better, we do better.” So, have we?

Back in 2020, our Director Lisa Cherry wrote a blog detailing the ways in which she believed people were experiencing challenges and given opportunities by the pandemic asking “What is the Opportunity for Education Post Pandemic?”  Three years on, we ask her to reflect on these areas and give an insight into the developments of each. […]

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March 1, 2023
Poverty: Applying a Trauma Informed Lens

Poverty is debilitating and complex and has deep roots throughout society, culturally and historically and presents itself in multiple ways. The living reality of poverty means that when you don’t have enough money for basics such as food and heating, it is the first thing you think about when you open your eyes and the […]

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February 8, 2023
8 Top Tips to Create Safety for Children Who Have Stopped Attending School (EBSA)

At TICS, we are asked a lot about how children and young people can be supported back into school when they no longer feel safe in that environment. There are a number of terms used to describe that point where a child no longer feels safe in the school and each of them somewhat unhelpfully […]

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February 7, 2023
Trauma Informed Supportive Yoga Therapy Interventions

As described by David Emerson and Elisabeth Hopper in their book “Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga” Human beings are tender creatures - we are born with our hearts open. Sometimes our open hearts encounter experiences that shatter us. Sometimes we encounter experiences that so violate our sense of safety, order, predictability and rights, that we feel […]

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February 3, 2023
Children Impacted by Covid-19: Applying a Trauma Informed Approach 

Underpinning Trauma Informed principles into your setting, service or system is now more important than ever. A trauma-informed approach can support children, young people, families and those working in the settings that support them, dealing with the impact of the areas highlighted in the report above.

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December 22, 2022
Writing For Healing

Writing has long been used to satisfy the call to heal from emotional distress, to understand more of our internal workings and to share what we have learnt in the process of experiencing something we have struggled with or found traumatic. I first learned of this wonderful healing ability in its full entirety as I […]

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