Trauma Informed Care and Practice
- What is Trauma Informed Care and Practice?
- Trauma Informed Care Forum held on 27 September 2010
- Be part of a national network working towards Trauma Informed Care & Practice
- For more information on Trauma Informed Care and Practice
Trauma informed programs and services internationally represent the new generation of transformed mental health and allied human services organisations and programs.
When a human service program seeks to become trauma informed, every part of its organisation, management, and service delivery system is assessed and modified to ensure a basic understanding of how trauma impacts the life of an individual who is seeking services.
Trauma informed organisations, programs, and services are based on an understanding of the particular vulnerabilities and/or triggers that trauma survivors experience (that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate), so that these services and programs can be more supportive, effective and avoid re-traumatisation.
Many consumers interacting with a diversity of Mental Health & other human services are likely to be trauma survivors with histories of interpersonal violence including civilian involvement in wars and civil unrest, refugee and combatant trauma. Such trauma frequently leads to mental health as well as other types of co-occurring problems such as poor physical health, substance abuse problems, eating disorders, relationship and self-esteem issues and contact with the criminal justice system.
On 27 September 2010 an important event took place in Sydney. An inaugural forum was held to discuss a national strategy/agenda for promoting Trauma Informed Care across the community and mental health service systems.
The forum was convened by the Mental Health Coordinating Council of NSW (MHCC), Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network Australia (PMHCCN), Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) and the Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV).
A selected group of 37 individuals from several Australian States participated in the all-day forum. Attendees were drawn from organisational and personal networks and specialists working in a diversity of trauma related mental health settings to ensure an outcome-driven session. The group included consumers and carers, Federal politicians, the President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, senior clinicians and academics with expertise in mental health, disability and trauma. It also included senior executives from a range of community managed peak bodies and service providers experienced in working with the psychological impacts of trauma.
Presentations were provided by Janet Meagher, Divisional Manager – Inclusion, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association; Assoc. Professor Warwick Middleton, Associate Professor School of Public Health La Trobe University; Professor Louise Newman, Professor of Developmental Psychiatry and Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology and Dr. Cathy Kezelman, CEO/ Executive Director - Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA). Closing comments were provided by Professor Beverly Raphael, Professor of Population Mental Health & Disaster Response & Resilience Research Group, School of Medicine UWS.
Be part of a national network working towards Trauma Informed Care & Practice across community and mental health service systems
If you would like to be kept informed as to the progress of this initiative and be included in the TICP Network Contact: email@example.com. In this way we can consult more broadly and keep you up to date with progress in this area.