Integrating trauma-informed practice when working with clients affected by AOD
This one-day interactive professional development training provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills for working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma who use AOD as coping responses and survival strategies.
This training, informed by current research, introduces the universal trauma-informed care and practice principles which underpin contemporary practice for trauma survivors. It also focuses on the physiological impact of psychoactive substances, which clients may use, to manage their trauma-related symptoms and distress.
Participants will acquire insights and tools to support clients who present with challenges related to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. The training promotes a strengths-based approach that minimises retraumatisation, fosters a therapeutic relationship and enhances possibilities for recovery.
By participating in this professional development training, learners will:
- Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence, and impacts of individual, complex and collective trauma, the stress response, attachment and neurobiology and adaptive responses to understand AOD use by trauma survivors
- Increase awareness, and the clinical implications, of the interconnectedness of complex trauma and problematic AOD use
Using case scenarios, apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise retraumatisation and support recovery of people with complex trauma