Online Harms, Cybertrauma and Safeguarding – September (Date TBC)




Online Harms and Online Safeguarding: Working with Cybertrauma and what this means for the child;

What is Cyber trauma or Online Harms and why, where,how and when does this differ from corporeal (real-life) trauma? What is the impact on the child or adult?

The day will cover the Online harms children and young people face, the cybertraumas they may encounter and how to work with this as a professional (or parent).

What questions do you need to ask and how do you start conversations with a child about their online life if you are not familiar with e-safety issues?

What can you say to a parent/carer and what can you advise them? What should you look out for?

What language can you use and how do you facilitate a deep therapeutic space for an infinite arena of choice and foreverness?

Course Outline:

  • Technology and Healthy Child Development
  • Social media and gaming. What to look out for, what are the dangers and myths?
  • Screen time and mental health; is there a real link?
  • Addiction to social media; is it really pathological?
  • Can gaming be an addiction, is it really a disorder, what is the evidence?
  • Cyberbullying. Definitions/typology, impact and treatment
  • Online abuse, harms and dangers. How to assess risk and safeguard
  • Managing use of devices, gaming and screen time
  • Digital parenting: why this is a new paradigm
  • Body image and the influence of Instagram/Snapchat on the developing young person
  • What can I do as a therapist/practitioner, what questions should I ask? What interventions should I use?

Learning Outcomes:

1) To upskill your knowledge of virtual and cyber-related trauma
2) To develop a deeper understanding of the impact of this new area of cyberpsychology/psychotherapy
3) To learn how to hear your client’s digital story alongside their corporeal
4) To identify potential safeguarding issues related to internet use
5) To work in practice with issues related to the internet and family/work/school life
6) To establish deep rapport with your client about the impact of online harms, cyber abuse and cyberbullying
7) To develop and harness skills in the digital and online therapeutic relationship (these being different aspects that clients bring into therapy
8) To work with a team around the client to prevent extreme issues related to online life (radicalisation, exploitation, extreme material)

Cybertrauma is any trauma that a person suffers through or via digital devices or online spaces. For young people, the prevalence of online abuse and harm is increasing alongside the complexities of the issues they face. Often the parents/carers of and professionals working with these young people are unaware of these issues or feel their children know more about technology than they do.

This course can help you gain the knowledge needed to close that gap. The children of today are the adults of tomorrow and as such, there is a 5, or10-20 year digital life history waiting to surface when they become adults. Help them get the help they need now.

The Cyberpsychology, and Philosophy:

A simple bio/psycho/social model of attachment and polyvagal approaches to device/game use in children and adults.Infant and child development in a world of screens and devices


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