Trauma Informed Clinical Supervision:
Half Day Professional Development Seminar for Clinical Supervisors
Effective therapy for people who have experienced complex trauma requires adaptation of familiar therapeutic interventions; accordingly clinical supervision of diverse health professionals working with complex trauma clients also needs to be trauma informed.
By attending this half-day professional development seminar participants will better understand the limits of ‘standard’ therapeutic modalities including excessive individualism, focussing on the feeling, strengths-based as the expense of validating difficulties and care regarding ‘techniques’.
Participants will acquire the core principles of trauma-informed clinical supervision as well as the requisite knowledge and skill base for supervising complex trauma work as it relates to therapeutic practice themes including dissociation, implicit and explicit memory, the language of `parts’, attunement to client self-regulation, and working within `the window of tolerance’.
Based on Blue Knot Foundation’s Trauma Informed Guidelines for Clinical Supervisors, this seminar equips supervisors to provide trauma-informed clinical supervision to meet the special needs of practitioners working with the myriad of challenges posed by complex trauma-related presentations.
By attending this professional development seminar participants will be able to:
- Recognise why clinical supervision needs to be `trauma informed’, how trauma informed supervision differs from other traditional models and what needs to change for traditional clinical supervisory practice to become trauma informed
- Apply trauma- informed principles and an understanding of the limits of ‘standard’ counselling and psychotherapeutic modalities to supervisory and therapeutic practice
- Acquire the knowledge for provision of supervision which is trauma informed (eg. distinction between complex and `single incident’ trauma; neurobiological impacts of early life trauma; relationship between coping mechanisms and `symptoms’).
- Identify the skills for provision of trauma informed supervision (eg `bottom up’ and `top down’ approach; holding overall sense of the phased approach to therapy for complex trauma; recognising and intercepting `in session’ enactments as these present in supervisee accounts of their interactions with clients)
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