Trauma Informed Care

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1:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Education Development Centre

Presented by Dr. Judith de Lang

‘Trauma-informed care’, as a term, is no longer unfamiliar to most people in the helping industries these days but what does it really mean? How do we provide it – and who needs to be providing it?

The evidence base around the long-term effects of trauma is developing rapidly and is finally beginning to get the attention of the funding bodies. One of the largest longitudinal public health studies is showing that more than forty outcomes in the domains of physical and mental health, risk behaviours and social consequences can be linked to childhood trauma. How do we intervene with adults and ameliorate those effects, and is it even possible?

What happens when we see a client for the first time and they tell us we are their ‘last chance’? Or that they are suicidal? What do we do with a client who tells us they have been diagnosed with one or more psychiatric disorders? How do we talk to a client who wants our advice on starting or stopping medication?

Whether we are aware or not, we all work with clients who have experienced trauma. Many of us ourselves, as practitioners, have experienced trauma.

In the workshop, I will elucidate the model I have developed regarding brief therapy for those living with the effects of trauma. I work from the premise that education is knowledge and that with knowledge comes power.

Also, we will explore and discuss shared understandings of what has worked for us, and what appears to work for our client group.

The presentation will include case studies, client stories, diagrams, strategies and explanations – all with reference to existing research.

Being a member of a large family with a Western European background, Judith has always been interested in people and the dynamics of the interactions between them. This has led to various employment opportunities in education and health with individuals at-risk in the areas of mental health, violence and trauma. Her knowledge and skill base has been informed by her roles as daughter, sister, partner, mother and grandmother, as well as her migrant experience of both living in a small community in the Solomon Islands for two years with a young family, and of emigrating to Australia.

Due to Judith’s inability to resist fascinating discoveries in the area of human relationships, she began studying and finds herself with a Doctorate in Counselling. She is particularly excited by emerging research in the area of neuro-plasticity that demands a trauma-informed response from all human service agencies, and hopes for this to be reflected in government policy eventually.

Judith is currently employed in a government regional health service where she undertakes various roles as clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor.

Date: 25 August 2018
Time: 1:45pm – 5:00pm

Members $30 (inc. GST)
Students: $20 (inc. GST)
Non-members $40 (inc. GST)

This event counts as 3 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

Light refreshments provided

Please Register via the PACFA Portal