Trauma-Informed Practice: for Legal and Justice Personnel
This one day training provides information and skills needed by personnel in legal and justice settings to better assist, advocate for and support the large numbers of their clients impacted by diverse traumas.
People affected by trauma are at high risk of re-traumatisation and their well-being depends on organisational and individual services, responses and practice which, as established by research, is trauma-informed. The need for a trauma informed approach to the legal and justice arenas is increasingly recognised - `more effective, fair, intelligent, and just legal responses must work from a perspective which is trauma informed’ (Randall & Haskell, 2013).
This training will delineate the prevalence, dynamics, impacts of, and coping strategies related to traumatic stress, provide insights of the risks of re-traumatisation and share the principles of trauma-informed practice which, the research clearly demonstrates, is more likely to contribute to clients’ well-being and recovery.
It will workshop case scenarios and the implementation of trauma-informed principles in the workplace. It will also provide participants with the tools and resources to use in the workplace to enhance client outcomes and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation.
At the session’s completion participants will be better able to:
- Define and delineate trauma, its prevalence and different types in the lives of people engaged in various capacities within the legal and justice sectors
- Demonstrate knowledge of some of the impacts of trauma on the mind and body including links to behaviour, mental and physical health
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the many emotional and behavioural difficulties as ‘adaptive’ responses to trauma and its neurobiological underpinnings
- Recognise the importance of minimising re-traumatisation across legal and justice systems and the role of implementing trauma-informed practice principles
- Develop insight and acquire tools for ongoing work with complex trauma survivors including understanding and working with a range of emotional responses
- Identify strategies for ongoing work with complex trauma survivors to minimise re-traumatisation and enhance outcomes
Please note: this training is also available in a half day format. The half day format presents the knowledge base around trauma-informed practice but does not provide as much opportunity to build tools and practical strategies to implement it. The above description relates to the full-day’s training.
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