Trauma-Informed Redress: Direct Personal Response
This one-day interactive professional development training provides the information and skills institutional personnel need to engage in effective redress processes.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended redress for all people sexually abused in institutional care as children. People who were abused and betrayed within institutions of care often struggle to feel and be safe and can experience strong emotions, as well as difficulty regulating their level of arousal.
Effective redress requires all personnel to be trauma-informed so as to minimise the risks of destabilisation and re-traumatisation, and to support healing. All institutions offering a direct personal response must be fully conversant with the redress process, dynamics of child sexual abuse and the challenges of providing redress to those harmed by and within institutions.
This training provides attendees with the insight, tools and skills to carefully plan and comprehensively provide a direct personal response - one which delivers optimal support and best meets survivor expectations.
By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the components of redress and its principles in relation to the complex trauma of institutional child sexual abuse and its impacts
- Delineate the importance of trauma-informed practice and apply a trauma-informed framework to plan the key tasks of redress including attuned apology/redress meetings
- Define and articulate the importance of individual/institutional defence mechanisms and evaluate the parallel processes of institutional abuse
- Analyse the stress response and survivor coping strategies to develop trauma-informed strategies which enlist verbal and non-verbal communication skills for supporting emotional regulation, optimal arousal and safety, and minimising re-traumatisation
- Recognise and address content and process dynamics as well survivor expectations for apology/redress meetings
Material presented in the training will draw on the research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery www.blueknot.org.au/guidelines and other relevant research.