Children who have suffered trauma at times, can present behaviours which many people find challenging. When a child is attacking, pushing away and being outwardly expressive it can be hard to see beyond that, it can be hard to see the true messages a child is trying to convey. How children behave and how children feel are often two completely different things. It is important for anyone working with children in care to understand that. Within a child's behaviours they are telling you everything you need to know, they are telling you their story. It is not fair to expect children to articulate their own psychology and deep-rooted traumas into words adults can understand. It is also not fair or productive to simply brand a child with terms such as “naughty” or “problematic”. Those working with children must learn to understand and decode these behaviours in order to find and attempt to heal the root cause. Children who have suffered trauma and hardship speak the language of trauma and in the language if trauma “I hate you” can mean “I love you”. This course looks at what these behaviours really mean and gets people to start thinking about what the children in their care may be trying to communicate. Above all else this course is about helping people to understand the importance of responding to feelings rather then outwardly expressive surface behaviours. Facilitator Scott King will also share some of his own experiences of being a “naughty kid”, articulating the feelings he was unable to articulate as a child.