Child Trauma Consultancy

Jaime Ramos is a highly-respected topical expert in the specific field of child trauma. His consultancy services inform, educate and support organisations and individuals working with adults, youth and young children impacted by childhood trauma.

  • Information Sessions
  • Employee Engagement Programs
  • Conferences, seminars and webinars 
  • Training and Assessments
  • Site Assessments and Recommendations
  • Organisational Learning Programs
  • Interactive Consulting
  • Staff Debriefs
  • Group Sessions and Workshops
  • One-to-one Sessions
  • Podcasts and Interviews

What is childhood trauma?

Childhood trauma occurs when a child is exposed to a short-term or prolonged event that the child’s stress responses are unable to cope with, causing overload. For some of these children, this leads to Complex Trauma as a result of multiple trauma experiences. Forms of childhood trauma can include physical, sexual or emotional abuse, violence, poor mental health, exposure to substance use, tragedy and neglect. The effects on the child can vary depending on when it occurred, how often it occurred, their resilience level and support available to them at the time.

Adults and children who have experienced childhood trauma tend to bear internal feelings of anger, irritability, fear and anxiety, guilt, confusion and self-blame. These feelings can impact emotional regulation, learning and concentration, stress management, communication and their ability to build and maintain healthy relationships – impacting the person’s work, family life and everyday functioning.

The journey and healing process is unique to each individual and their circumstances. Many don’t seek help as they are unable to recognise what is causing their issues or they may be overwhelmed with feelings of shame and have a lack of trust in counsellors and the welfare system. Help and support services such as counselling, cognitive and behaviour programs, coaching and self-learning can help increase their understanding of what happened and equip them with the skills to take the steps needed to improve their lives and wellbeing.

Childhood trauma in the workplace and community

Everyone has experienced some type of traumatic event in their lives. Childhood trauma affects us in so many different ways, not only the individual but the family unit, the workplace and in the extended community. Challenges within the workplace are felt both by those who have experienced it and by those who work with those directly affected. 

Staff working with children and young people with complex trauma often struggle to engage with their students/clients and experience feelings of failure, hopelessness, stress, anxiety and lack of motivation. In some circumstances they may feel unsafe at work due to physical violence, verbal aggression towards them or perceived threats due to being triggered by behaviours.

What I do

The intention is to facilitate improved knowledge in the workplace and community about how childhood trauma affects children and the long-lasting impacts it can have into adulthood. Understanding and learning about childhood trauma helps us interact and work with those affected in a positive way, which is fundamental in helping them to heal and engage in positive and meaningful relationships with the world around them. I often talk to:

  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Early learning centres
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Government agencies
  • Small business and corporate
  • Community support volunteers
  • Sporting teams and clubs

These services can benefit individuals, management teams, staff and community groups who work directly or indirectly with children including youth justice services, police, mental health services, disability support services, prison and youth detention centres, residential care services, foster carers, health care workers, homelessness and family violence services. As well as benefiting those working with children and youth, these services also support adults who have experienced childhood trauma.

Building skills, knowledge and resilience

Providing professional development for staff enables them to better work with traumatised children and assist in recognising and managing their own trauma. This supports staff who are exposed to those affected by trauma and increases their capacity to work in high stress situations not only in the workplace, but in their own personal lives.

  • Increase awareness of what traumatised children and adults have experienced (or are experiencing).
  • Learn how impacts of trauma can translate to everyday life and impact the ability to regulate, communicate, learn and participate.
  • Recognise your own trauma and personal triggers and how these can impact personal and work relationships.
  • Recognise signs of trauma in others and how to respond early to avoid escalation.
  • Learn therapeutic conflict resolution techniques to neutralise behaviours and promote positive interactions.
  • Understand the importance of self care and developing strategies to safeguard your mental, social and physical wellbeing.
  • Better understand and empathise with behaviours of those impacted by childhood trauma and better communicate with them.
  • Better manage triggered and hypersensitive behaviours associated with childhood trauma.
Child Trauma Consultancy

Benefits for your organisation

  • Fostering a positive work culture
  • Improved productivity and achieving goals/KPIs
  • Reduced absences and sick leave
  • Strong and effective working relationships between staff at all levels
  • Improved management leadership skills and overall staff capacity
  • Less grievances and staff conflict
  • Elevated staff morale and team spirit
  • Improved communication amongst staff
  • Staff feel empowered, motivated and supported

Services

A variety of service formats are available and then customised to your organisational requirements, the audience and the setting.

  • Information Sessions: Informative presentations for staff groups, management or volunteers.
  • Conferences and Seminars: Conference speaking which can be overview or sub-topic specific, including optional event MC.
  • Training and Assessments: Delivery of training sessions and assessments to educate, test and build capacity within your organisation to deal with childhood trauma.
  • Professional Development Days: On or off-site professional development days for groups, customisable to your requirements.
  • Seminars and Webinars: Engaging, topical interactive information-sharing and discussion on the topic of childhood trauma. In person and online formats.
  • Organisational Learning Programs: Customised organisation-wide programs and coaching to change organisational or divisional capacity and culture in dealing with childhood trauma.
  • Site assessment and recommendations: Site visit, consultation and evaluation followed by training (where working with children).
  • Interactive consulting: Staff debriefs, group sessions, workshops and one-to-one sessions.
  • Strategy consulting: Consulting to develop a plan of strategic prioritised tasks that your organisation can implement to build capacity to support those struggling due to childhood trauma.
  • Podcasts and interviews: Media interviews, podcast guest, topic or subtopic-specific informative discussion and talks.

Delivery can be during the day or in the evenings. Options can include 2-hour, full-day, or week-long programs as well as ongoing reflective practice – depending on your requirements. Delivery is professional, safe and structured.

Got a question? Read more at our FAQ’s page.

About Jaime

Jaime Ramos is a highly-respected speaker, educator and topical expert with multi-faceted experience in the specific field of child trauma.

He is an advocate for children and adults with an extensive career in child protection, substance use support, mental health, youth justice, forensic disability support, residential care, foster care and other welfare settings.

Jaime has a Bachelor of Social Work and he is a qualified Trainer of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. Having completed Suicide Assist Training and Conflict Resolution Training, his specialties include working with children with challenging behaviours and childhood trauma, specifically understanding its impacts in childhood, through to adulthood.

Jaime is also Founder and Chairman of The Sixth Child charity, existing to help disadvantaged children by addressing their specific needs through targeted community projects. With their work spanning Australia and beyond, The Sixth Child provides urgent material aid, cultural and indigenous outreach, social justice advocacy and educational tools to facilitate long term change.

“I myself have experienced childhood trauma. If I can assist another child, young person or adult to not experience some of the pain and sorrow that I have, that brings me joy. This is also part of my own healing process and journey.” Gaining a deeper understanding of childhood trauma really helped Jaime and he is passionate about educating others, so they too can understand their trauma, choose to respond in positive and proactive ways and bring better outcomes for themselves and those around them.

Jaime’s experience working in the industry gives him invaluable insight into the needs of his audience. “I seek to understand the needs of the audience and address their needs as much as possible. I build rapport through sharing real life experiences and engage the audience with the topic.”

At times Jaime uses humour when appropriate, to engage in very difficult topics. He keeps the vibe captivating and energetic by being realistic and engaging. “I understand the topics I discuss can be triggering and I am empathic to those who might be triggered.”

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Jaime is based in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) and travels the world to deliver his expert consulting services and perform charity work.

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