Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Institutional Settings
This one-day interactive professional development training provides the information and skills needed by all personnel working in institutional settings. Institutions play a critical role in our community and large numbers of people seek support and diverse services from them.
Many people have been impacted, directly or indirectly, by institutional child sexual abuse and other traumas. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse highlighted the extent of harm experienced in institutions over many years, and the distress of many survivors.
It is essential to the wellbeing of people engaging with institutional services that the services, policies, practices, programs and all personnel are trauma-informed.
People with histories of past and present trauma are especially vulnerable to destabilisation and retraumatisation when interactions or processes replicate elements of their abuse and/or are not trauma-informed.
This training, informed by current research, delineates the prevalence, dynamics and impacts of institutional child sexual abuse, and promotes understanding of survivor coping strategies and their intersection with institutional dynamics. It also workshops the principles of trauma-informed practice using diverse case scenarios and provides institutional personnel with the insight and tools needed to facilitate positive engagement and minimise the risks of retraumatisation.
By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
- Utilise knowledge of the prevalence and impacts of the complex trauma of institutional child sexual abuse to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed institutions
- Analyse the stress response and survivor coping strategies to better understand the challenges clients affected by institutional abuse experience in regulating their emotions and arousal
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and importance of trauma-informed practice in institutions in the context of institutional dynamics
- Apply the five trauma-informed principles to individual and organisational practices
Material presented in the training will draw on 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.