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Trauma Informed Care

Format Workshop
Presenters Liz Mullinar, Di Frost
Description Trauma effects both the physiological and psychological development of a person.
Heal For Life Foundation (formerly Mayumarri) has been operating a highly successful, trauma-informed recovery model for over 12 years across Australia. The consumer orientated model has been independently researched and proven to be successful. Heal For Life presents training for organisations who are working with people with mental illness, addiction, eating disorders, homelessness, domestic violence, isolation, bullying and lack of self-esteem, many of whom have experienced childhood trauma and/or abuse.

Trauma Informed Care is a relatively new approach to supporting survivors of trauma in their healing and recognises that survivors, with all of their symptoms, are having a normal reaction to an abnormal experience. For many years, childhood trauma and abuse have not been considered as having any significant relation to social welfare issues. Survivors of childhood trauma and abuse had their own (albeit limited) services and drug and alcohol, mental health, homelessness and other major social issues were considered separately.

This has led to the extraordinary situation where the cause of the problems have been treated separately from the symptoms despite the obvious logic that the symptoms cannot really be helped without addressing the cause. This style of service delivery has often led to low success rates and a lack of job satisfaction.

Organisations such as Heal For Life (HFL), which is run by survivors of trauma, know how we want and need to be treated for optimum success. Neuroscience has also informed us about the impacts of trauma on the brain and the behavioral issues that may result. At HFL we have discovered that what the scientists say and what we as survivors know, are one and the same. It is this knowledge and understanding that is the basis for the Trauma Informed Care Workshop.

The Trauma Informed Care workshop covers the physiological and behavioural impacts of trauma, issues and strategies for the care and recovery of clients,
and interactive exercises designed to address specific scenarios relevant to participants. The workshop gives participants the opportunity to develop further skills at applying a trauma informed approach within their workplace.

Learning Outcomes for the Trauma Informed Care Workshop
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. State why a trauma informed approach to clients is important
2. Identify clients who may have experienced trauma from their symptoms
3. List the causes of trauma
4. Describe trauma related behaviours
5. Define trauma informed care
6. Describe the parts of the brain impacted by trauma
7. Describe the different impact of trauma on the 2 brain hemispheres
8. Discuss how trauma impacts on adolescent brain development
9. Describe the common autonomic nervous system responses when clients are 'triggered'
10. Describe the hormonal response when the autonomic nervous system is activated
11. Describe how healing the effects of trauma on the brain comes about through neural plasticity
12. List the fundamentals of trauma informed practice
a. State how to establish safety for the client and how to apply it in their workplace
b. Describe why developing an empathic relationship is vital to recovery of survivors of trauma
c. Describe how to provide a non-hierarchical, empowering service for clients
d. Describe the importance of inclusive, non-judgmental language and how to apply it in their workplace
e. State the importance of instilling hope in clients that recovery is possible
f. Recognise the importance of emotions and emotional release for recovery of trauma survivors
g. Discuss how client education is important to assist the client taking responsibility for their own recovery
13. Describe ways to self care and become more effective in working with survivors of trauma
14. Describe Attachment Theory and how this impacts on survivors of trauma and how to apply it in their workplace
15. Describe and use the concepts of Transactional Analysis as a way of working with survivors of trauma and to assist clients understand their own reactions.

 Presentation of content - lecture
 Discussion of content - effects of trauma on the brain
 Question and answer sessions at appropriate intervals
 Experiential learning activities - activation of the Sympathetic Nervous System, the parasympathetic nervous system, mindfulness activity
 Case Study examples
 Role plays of common mental health service situations and how to respond from a trauma informed care perspective
 Small group work (triads) - scenarios given to each group who then decide on the steps on how to respond from a trauma informed perspective followed by wider group discussion
About the presenter(s) Liz Mullinar AM, BTh, M.Couns is founder and CEO of Heal For Life. Liz has been integral in the development of the program which has helped empower 5000 people to heal over the last 12 years. Liz is an internationally renowned speaker on the effects of trauma on the brain and trauma recovery.

Di Frost, BScAg, MApSc, GdDipPsy has been involved with HFL since 2002. Di's background is in education and counselling in schools, TAFE, University, AOD
residential programs and Corrective Services. She is currently completing facilitator training at HFL and Psychology Honours.
CPD Hours
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6 hours
[APS Institute CPD]
Location NSW Regional, Australia
Venue Wesley House
64 Church st, Dubbo NSW 2830

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 27 Nov 2012 to 28 Nov 2012
Time 9.30am to 4.00pm both days
Cost $300
Organiser Heal For Life Foundation
Contact Name D Frost
Telephone 04 19211082