Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in the Homelessness Sector
This one day interactive training provides the information and skills needed by personnel working within the homelessness sector to better assist the large numbers of clients impacted by diverse traumas.
People who experience homelessness have high levels of past and present trauma. Many trauma survivors use multiple services more frequently than the general population; this is compounded for people experiencing homelessness. It is essential to the emotional and physical health and well-being of survivors who are experiencing homelessness that systems’ and individual practice is informed by the ground-breaking research around trauma-informed practice.
This training will delineate the prevalence, dynamics, impacts of and coping strategies related to the intersection of traumatic stress and homelessness. It will also workshop the principles of trauma-informed practice across different case scenarios. The training also provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance client outcomes and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation.
At the session’s completion, participants will be better able to:
- Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of the trauma amongst people experiencing homelessness to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed homelessness services
- Analyse the stress response and survivor coping strategies to understand the challenges people with a trauma history (and who are impacted by homelessness) experience in regulating their emotions and levels of arousal, including their behavioural expressions
- Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support trauma recovery for people within the homelessness sector
- Perform an individual/organisational practice audit
- Acquire trauma-informed strategies to help support optimal arousal, emotional regulation and safety in your work with people in the homelessness sector who have experiences of trauma
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 www.blueknot.org.au/guidelines and other relevant research.