“I think about not only what cost it was to me and my family because professionals did not have the training to understand my issues, but what it cost the government in trying to “deal” with me while I was wrongly diagnosed.”
Tamara Stillwell, mental health consumer, community worker.
"Sadly adverse and traumatic experiences in childhood are very common. Children growing up with such experiences struggle to feel safe and secure and often experience profound long-lasting effects on their health, wellbeing and social functioning. Complex trauma also affects families, friends and communities, and if they are parents, their children, as well."
“Failure to acknowledge the reality of trauma and abuse in the lives of children, and the long-term impact this can have in the lives of adults, is one of the most significant clinical and moral deficits of current mental health approaches.”
Professor Louise Newman, Psychiatrist, Director, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology, Monash University
"ASCA’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery fill the substantial gap in knowledge, understanding, and practice in the field of trauma, and bring hope to millions of trauma survivors."
“Society has demonstrated an extreme reluctance to probe into how trauma and abuse fill our mental health units, our drug and alcohol detox services, our prisons and our medical wards. Most of our mental health patients are traumatised, many grievously so.”
Professor Warwick Middleton, Psychiatrist
"The Guidelines highlight the large number of Australians living with the long-term effects of unresolved trauma, who have not had their needs identified or appropriately addressed."
“The morbidity associated with complex trauma is vast and a great burden not only on these sufferers but on the health system. There are, at the moment only the most inadequate forms of service delivery available to these people”.
Professor Russell Meares, Psychiatrist
"The Guidelines weave information from neuroscience and attachment theory with recovery-orientated, trauma-informed and therapeutic principles. They have been widely welcomed by the national and international community of consumers, workers and practitioners."
“Each time any of us takes a significant step, the field benefits, and your step is remarkable”
Adah Sachs Consultant Psychotherapist, London
“The first set of guidelines address the foundations of adequate and state of the art treatment; the second tackle the system of care, long known to be inadequate and stigmatizing to the traumatized. Both guidelines show how treatment and service delivery can be humane, trauma-focused, and trauma-informed to the benefit of all. This document is a singular and pioneering achievement in its depth and scope.”
Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, Psychologist Washington, DC
"The Guidelines are poised to spearhead the policy and practice reforms needed to respond appropriately to trauma across and within service sectors. Their widespread implementation is urgently needed to assist the recovery of those whose trauma is unresolved."
"The document is thoroughly researched, well written and draws poignant conclusions, necessary for the future of mental health care.”
A/Prof Martin Dorahy, PhD, Associate Professor Department of Psychology University of Canterbury