Trauma-Informed Care and Practice – Domestic and Family Violence
This one day interactive training provides the information and skills needed by personnel working with Australians who have experienced domestic and family violence to better assist the large numbers of clients impacted by these traumas.
Victims generally live in fear of and/or experiences ongoing threats and/or acts of violence. Different forms of violence and/or abuse often co-occur but because they often stay hidden many incidents and violent relationships are often not appropriately acknowledged or addressed.
Victims of domestic and family violence, of all ages, are survivors of trauma and the trauma profoundly affects their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. An understanding of the effects of trauma, trauma reactions and trauma-informed practice responses is essential for all people working with domestic violence victims.
This training will delineate the prevalence, dynamics, impacts of, coping strategies and behavioural expression related to traumatic stress and workshop the principles of trauma-informed practice using diverse case scenarios.
It 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:
- Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its different types, and responses to it, and why domestic violence is considered complex trauma
- Demonstrate knowledge of the prevalence of domestic and family violence in Australia and why trauma informed practice is essential
- Demonstrate knowledge of some of the impacts of trauma on the mind and body including links to emotional and physical health problems
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the many emotional and behavioural difficulties as ‘adaptive’ responses to trauma and the neurobiological underpinnings
- Demonstrate knowledge of parallel processes of abusive behaviours and non-trauma informed practice and ways in which to minimise the risk of re-traumatisation
- Demonstrate knowledge of the 5 principle framework for utilising trauma-informed practice for individual and organisational practice and have the opportunity to do an organisational/personal practice audit
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ‘window of tolerance’ for clients as a basis for working with affect dysregulation
- Experience the opportunity for experiential learning using role plays in trauma informed responding to hyper-aroused and observing own arousal responses
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