Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Domestic and Family Violence Services (Level 1)

Friday, 25 October 2019

Adina Town Hall , 511 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


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This one-day interactive professional development training, informed by current research, provides the trauma-informed information and skills needed by personnel working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence (DFV), past and current. 

This training is part of a training series.  The Level 1 package provides participants with information about complex trauma presentations, skills to embed trauma-informed care and practice principles in their approach to anyone experiencing DFV and how the workplace could incorporate these principles. The one-day Level 2 training goes into much more detail around the complexity of supporting someone experiencing DFV, how to manage longer term and complex impacts, how perpetrator factors influence service responses, and uses case scenarios to unpack best practice approaches. 

As survivors of substantial trauma, people experiencing violence often live in fear of, and/or experience ongoing, threats or acts of violence which severely compromise their physical and emotional safety. The trauma/s can profoundly affect their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. It is important for all people working with victims of DFV to use a trauma-informed lens which asks: “What happened to you?” and to ground their individual and service practice in an understanding of the dynamics of traumatic stress and adaptive coping strategies.

This training workshops the principles of trauma-informed practice using DFV case scenarios and highlights the importance of ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’ people, of collaborative relationships, choice, client and staff safety and a strengths-based approach. It provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance the safety and wellbeing of the people and families they support, foster recovery and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  1. Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology, adaptations and impacts of complex trauma including DFV 
  2. Articulate the features and benefits of trauma-informed services for people experiencing DFV
  3. Apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people experiencing DFV
  4. Perform an individual / organisational practice audit

Who should attend?

All staff and practitioners working with victims of DFV, in any capacity, including generalist services to which people with experiences of interpersonal violence present for support. It would also suit staff who work in specialist DFV services that need to develop their understanding of trauma informed care principles, and how these can be applied to their work and their workplace.