How early years trauma affects the brain

The child who mistrusts good care
Published on 4 Feb 2016

Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, from U.S.A., is the originator of dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP) and also attachment-focused family therapy. He is an internationally acclaimed therapist and author of ground-breaking books on attachment and emotional recovery.

Dan has integrated recent research in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment theory, to produce a therapeutic approach that assists professionals and parents/caregivers to understand and effectively support the healing of vulnerable children and young people.

During one of his many trips to Scotland as a guest of Scottish Attachment in Action he recorded this summary of how the brain reacts to trauma and how an understanding of this process is helpful to foster and adoptive parents as well professionals such as residential care workers and teachers.