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Language and Mind

Understanding Language Development and Complex Trauma

Master's level CPD course validated by Plymouth Marjon University

Three-day on-campus course

This innovative course will provide advanced post-graduate training on the relationship between language development and social cognition. A range of neurodevelopmental conditions and social, emotional and mental health needs will be covered on the course. However, the primary focus will be on children and young people with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and complex trauma. The course is suitable for professionals from a variety of backgrounds including Speech and Language Therapy, the Youth Justice Service, Social Care, Education, Youth Work, Mental Health settings.

To find out more and book a place, please email Leah Hocking (opens in new window).

Course content

  • What it means to view language and communication through a ‘trauma lens’.
  • The development of mind in the context of parent-child communication; the role of language and the impact of complex trauma. Implications for attachment relationships.
  • The development of social cognition including mentalization.
  • The relationship between narrative development and Autobiographical Memory. The importance for social thinking and mental well-being. The impact of complex trauma and Developmental Language Disorder.
  • The impact of toxic communication environments on the developing brain. Implications for neurodevelopmental conditions such as Developmental Language Disorder, FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), Aphantasia.
  • Developing effective interventions for children and adolescents with complex trauma and Developmental Language Disorder.

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Start Date:

17 May 2023


£450 Attendance only or £500 Accredited route


Dr Julia Stewart 01752 636700 Ext:5539

Pricing information

£450 Attendance only: Delegates must attend all four days and will receive a Certificate of Attendance from Plymouth Marjon University.

£500 accredited route: Delegates with undergraduate degrees can submit an additional piece of written work for 30 Masters level credits.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate:

Comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the interaction of child attachment and language development.

A systematic understanding of, and critical evaluation of the relationship between complex trauma, Developmental Language Disorder and the social and emotional development and mental well-being of children and adolescents.

The ability to integrate and critically evaluate cross-disciplinary approaches to working with children and adolescents with complex trauma and Developmental Language Disorder.

Critical reflection on the integration of course content with their own professional practice.

Course Routes

Dates for in-person course at Plymouth Marjon University are: 17th, 18th, 19th May 2023.

Numbers are strictly limited and early booking is advised. Delegates with undergraduate degrees have the option of submitting an additional piece of written work leading to 30 Masters level credits.


Contact us

For queries and to arrange a place, please contact Julia Stewart.

Hocking, Leah

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