Trauma-Informed Practice in the Legal and Justice Sector
This one-day interactive professional development training provides the information and skills needed by all personnel working in the legal and justice sector to better assist, advocate for and support the large numbers of their clients impacted by diverse traumas, past and present.
People affected by trauma are at high risk of retraumatisation in systems which are not informed about trauma and its dynamics. Their wellbeing depends on service responses and practice being trauma-informed: `more effective, fair, intelligent, and just legal responses must work from a perspective which is trauma-informed’ (Randall & Haskell, 2013).
This training is based on current research. It provides insight into the emotional and behavioural expressions of traumatic stress and helps participants to build the resources, tools and strategies they need to minimise the risks of retraumatisation and enhance outcomes for not only their clients, but themselves, their colleagues and the firms/services and systems in which they work. It workshops diverse case scenarios and the implementation of trauma-informed principles in legal and justice domains, and provides tools to take back to the workplace.
By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
- Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of the trauma for people engaging with the legal and justice sectors to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed services
- Analyse the stress response to better understand your clients’ challenges in regulating their emotions and arousal
- Use a trauma-informed lens to understand challenging emotions and behaviours as adaptive responses to trauma; and develop strategies to work with a range of emotional responses
- Apply the principles of trauma-informed individual and organisational legal practice to minimise re-traumatisation, promote safety and healing, and enhance outcomes for clients and staff
Material presented in the training will be comprehensive, and will draw on the research based on the Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts.