Trauma-Informed Care and Practice: Working with People with a Disability
This one-day interactive professional development training provides personnel working with people with a disability with the information and skills needed to better support the sensitivities and vulnerabilities of clients who also have experiences of diverse traumas, past and present.
People living with a disability often access multiple services frequently over time, may be institutionalised at different times, and may also experience and/ or witness high levels of abuse, violence and other traumas in their daily life.
A trauma-informed approach builds supportive and reflective practices to respond to challenges with safety, accompanying distress, and ’behaviours of concern’.
This training, informed by current research, fosters an understanding of emotional and behavioural expressions that others may find challenging. It prioritises ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’ clients, collaborative relationships, client and staff safety and working from a strengths-based approach. It workshops trauma-informed principles using diverse case scenarios from the disability sector to explore strategies which foster safety, wellbeing, hope, choice and self-determination and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation. In so doing it provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance outcomes.
By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
- Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of trauma amongst people living with a disability to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed disability services
- Analyse the stress response and survivor coping strategies to understand the challenges people with a trauma history, and who are living with a disability, 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 retraumatisation and support trauma recovery for people living with a disability
- Acquire trauma-informed strategies to help support optimal arousal, emotional regulation and safety in your work with people with a disability who have experiences of trauma
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.