From hurting to healing

"Our brains are wired for connection, but trauma rewires them for protection. That’s why healthy relationships are difficult for wounded people." – Ryan North

Parenting children who have early life experiences of neglect, abuse and loss requires not only love and care but a deep understanding of how their children's early experiences impact how they the feel, think and behave.

This journey is not easy and parenting strategies that are effective with children who have always had a safe, loving and permanent family often do not work with children who have been through trauma.

Developing an understanding of trauma informed parenting and strategies will help you and others in your child's life react, respond and ultimately help your child in their healing journey.

We have gathering our favourite resources on the topic.

Join us this week:

  • Drop into our Facebook LIVE on Monday as we introduce this topic and discuss the importance of our own self care as fundamental to supporting children.

  • Sign up for our Trauma Informed Webinar on Tuesday to build a deep understanding.

  • Watch our panel of parents who are applying these strategies in the real life!

  • Follow our Facebook page as we post about this topic throughout the week.

  • Check out the list of resource links on this page.

What trauma informed approaches have helped you and your child?

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Watch HERE as Suzanne and Brandi

  • Introduce this week’s theme “Trauma Informed Parenting”

  • Highlight upcoming online events

  • Reinforce the importance of your own well-being as caregivers as fundamental to putting these ideas into action.

Join us LIVE Monday November 9 at 10am on the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation Facebook Page or watch here on replay anytime.

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This webinar explores the nature of complex trauma and will help you understand how it is expressed in children/youth. You’ll learn how trauma can change the way a person relates to others and their environment and how it can affect the body, mind and spirit. You’ll also learn the principles of trauma-informed care which will help you shift from saying “what is wrong with you” to “what has happened to you”. The webinar will also help you develop a better understanding of the nervous system and trauma survival responses. Finally, you’ll be presented with specific tools to begin helping the children/youth in your life manage difficult behaviours brought on by a trauma survival response.

Presented by :
Danielle Marcoux, adoptive mom and child and youth mental health nurse

Danielle Marcoux is a mental health nurse and adoptive parent. Over the last decade, Danielle has worked with children and youth in hospital, community and school settings. As a registered nurse and clinical coordinator for the Child and Youth Team (mental health services), Danielle has seen firsthand the effects trauma can have on children’s behaviours and relationships. As an adoptive mom, Danielle understands the struggle and emotional toll parents feel when their child is struggling. In offering this webinar, Danielle hopes to bring understanding and compassion, as well as tools to help parents and care givers build stronger relationships with the child/youth in their life.

Adoptive moms, Kim, Catherine & Patricia will talk about how they apply Trauma Informed Parenting in every day life.


Join in to share, to support, and to exchange ideas with others who understand the challenges of your parenting and/or pre-adoptive journey. We will keep the discussion informal, relaxed and with a trauma informed lens.

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📺 Trauma and the Incredible Hulk
Join us Nov 9 @ 2pm to watch Live on Facebook
Jacob Ham talks about his favorite metaphor for trauma that he uses with nearly all of his trauma patients during therapy. It's a great way to depersonalize trauma reactions and make sense of them in a way that doesn't leave a person feeling too bad about why they react the way they do and it definitely gives clues about how to control it.

📺 The Repair of Early Trauma: A Bottom Up Approach
Join us Nov 10 @ 10am to watch Live on Facebook
Made in collaboration with Beacon House and told to us through the voices of children, this unique animation teaches us that by putting together the seven-piece jigsaw puzzle of ‘Developmental Trauma’, we can understand how a child’s adverse childhood experiences have shaped their emotional world and outward behaviour. Once we understand this, we can then work with a child to help them with their developmental trauma using an innovative therapeutic approach called the ‘Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics’. This model recovers and repairs each part of a child’s brain in a specific, phased and effective order.

Resources for Children:

📺 Self-Regulation Skills: Why They Are Fundamental
📺 Big Bird’s Comfy-Cozy Nest
📺 Once I Was Very Very Scared