Children can experience PTSD from a single traumatic event.  Complex trauma or Complex PTSD results from repeated exposure to such events.


A child’s exposure to traumatic events, sometimes multiple events, can leave an indelible impact on the individual and those around them. This sort of complex trauma could stem from:

  • emotional abuse
  • physical abuse
  • witnessing childhood trauma (violence or abuse to others)
  • exposure to extraordinary circumstances (care facilities/orphanages/war)

Children of trauma are often impacted by these events in such a way that they’re unable to properly function, their natural development could be severely hindered, and simple things like school, social interaction, and relationships can become difficult and contribute to further suffering.

The key to treating complex trauma is to first understand it. Complex trauma often results in a predictable pattern of challenges for a child’s development. Many children in foster care and adoptive homes show delays in development and the child may also struggle with sensory sensitivities, hyperarousal, learning, emotional and behavioural regulation, and attachment.

The key to treating children suffering from Complex Trauma or Complex PTSD is to first understand the cause. At Complex Trauma Resources, our goal is to provide you with enough information about complex trauma to give you a different perspective, and to provide you with practical and proven strategies that will help the child or children in your care to heal and grow.

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