DARTS - The 5 Pillars of Trauma Processing - FULL 18 hour COURSE

(Dissociation - Attachment - Resilience - Trauma - Shame.)

This is Broad Horizons' own working model and we are very pleased that we are able to offer the opportunity to share this with you.

Read below for more information.

What is this training about?

This training focussed on the four pillars of Broad Horizons’ DARTS© model which considers:







The course has been designed to enhance your understanding of why children and young people that have been traumatised behave the way that they do.

You will be given clear strategies, methods and practical skills to use with children and young people, alongside theories and knowledge to enable you to understand how to meet the emotional and behavioural needs of the child. We can offer practical strategies for supporting families of traumatised children. This course will also help child focused organisations to create a DARTS© informed environment.

Course Layout
Introduction to DARTS: 3 hours.
The course starts with an introductory virtual slideshow with narration and video from our experienced therapists. There are sections which include workshops to help you consider how aware you are of trauma and gauge your experience and knowledge before delving in to each module on a deeper level.
Dissociation: 3 hours
Dissociation can often be missed as a trauma response, sometimes being brushed aside as "zoning-out" "daydreaming" or in extreme cases having adverse behavioural changes and appearing to act with a different personality. This aspect of our course will help you to identify those struggling with dissociation which can have deep consequences to everyday life. With the tools and resources from this course, you will be able to work through dissociative qualities together with the individual and help them to manage the effects to have a more fulfilling quality of life.


Attachment: 3 hours

Children learn, from as young as a few months old that certain behaviours keep danger at bay and others increase the chance of danger. To counteract this they develop attachment strategies to prevent harm and danger and to keep the parent/carer as close as possible, even if it is these same people that cause the danger. 

Attachment theory states that for a child to grow up into an adult who can confidently form healthy relationships with others, they need a strong and reliable bond with a caregiver in early life.

Each time a positive interaction takes place between a child and adult, neural connections are built.

If the person taking care of you is unreliable, unable to love and care for you, the neural pathways in your brain may not form as strongly, meaning your mental and emotional health may be impaired as an adult.

This module will explore attachment theory in more detail, providing evidence and tools to work with.

Resilience: 3 hours

Resilience is a key factor in being able to navigate life, relationships and surroundings in a healthy manner. Early adverse events can have huge impact on a person's natural resilience development. This part of the course will help you to identify 

Trauma: 3 hours

Shame: 3 hours

Benefits that this course will offer:

• Raise awareness and knowledge of Dissociation, Attachment, Resilience, Trauma & Shame.

• Gain a clear understanding of the current theories and research relating to understanding children’s behaviour.

• Learn some of the latest research into trauma and how it shapes the brain.

• Develop insight into the impact that trauma and abuse can have on influencing children and young people’s behaviour.

• Take away tools and strategies to enable you to manage children and young people’s trauma related behaviour.

•Understand what emotional support children and young people need to manage

behaviour effectively in a range of settings.

• Learning in a down to earth and practical style ensuring that you have an enjoyable and informative learning experience.

What does the training include?
  • 6 in depth, recorded virtual workshops for you to watch in your own time

  • Tools for everyday use and practise

  • Activities for you to take part in, at your own pace

  • Broad Horizons resources and worksheets for your own use

Who is this training aimed at?

This training is for professionals, such as therapists, social workers, school staff and occupational therapist.

If you are a parent/carer, please see our main training page for other trainings which may be useful for you.

How do I access the training?

By following the booking button at the bottom of this page, you can make payment for the course and will be emailed a password and details for logging in to our training portal.​

How long can I access the training for?

This course is accessible online for up to 12 months. If you require longer to attend the course, contact us at training@broadhorizons.org.uk to purchase an extension.

Will I receive a certificate?
Yes you will receive a Broad Horizons certificate to show that you have completed the whole course and you will receive CPD accredited certificate for each of the completed modules.


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