ASCA’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery present the collective wisdom of the last two decades of national and international research in the trauma field. They are poised to revolutionise possibilities for recovery for the large numbers of people with unresolved "complex trauma" - child abuse in all its forms, neglect, family and community violence and other adverse childhood events.
They establish insights that optimism about recovery from complex trauma is warranted, and that childhood trauma can be resolved.
ASCA would like to acknowledge the funding from the Federal Department of Health and Ageing which made the development of these guidelines possible.
The Hon Mark Butler MP, Federal Minister for Mental Health stated in a letter to ASCA: "I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues at Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) for the development of these Guidelines. The Australian government is committed to improving mental health care nationally, and I am grateful for your continued commitment to addressing complex trauma in adults who have experienced interpersonal trauma in childhood as the result of abuse in all its forms". ASCA is keen to work with government on the reforms needed to embed these guidelines into practice and close the gap between research knowledge and service responses.
Identifying and appropriately addressing the needs of people who have experienced trauma is a major global public health challenge. These guidelines are an important step towards beginning to address this challenge. They set the standards needed to put research into practice both for trauma-specific services and trauma-informed services.
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