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Would you like to know more about trauma?

The Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, in partnership with the Huon Valley Council, is offering free training on the topic of trauma. This project has been funded by the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal.

This project aims to establish a Community of Practice consisting of local Trauma Champions, to support the work of specialised agencies.

The one-day training course in trauma-informed practice will foster the creation and sustainability of a strong local community of Trauma Champions. Training will be delivered by Huon Valley psychologist Dr Ron Frey, who has a long background in delivering counselling in a variety of topics.

When: 1 or 2 December 2020

Where: Huon Valley Hub, 23 Main Street Huonville (transport may be arranged)

Lunch, morning tea, and training materials with satchel will be provided.

Training sessions are interactive and conversational, and delivered over one day. Monthly gatherings with participants will follow the training. These gatherings will aim to follow up on the training delivered, discuss issues, and provide additional training (at the requests of trainees). This project will be evaluated throughout its duration.

What will I get out of this?

You will become more knowledgeable on the way trauma impacts and shapes a life. While you will not become a counsellor after attending the session, the training day will provide you with deep understanding and a broad skill base for trauma identification and early referral to specialist agencies.

As such, your knowledge of individual or community issues will help support the work of specialised agencies.

According to the five principles of trauma-informed practice (safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, empowerment and choice), community members who receive the training will:

  • Be able to recognise and acknowledge trauma, its prevalence, and dynamics
  • Become knowledgeable about the impact and consequences of traumatic experiences for individuals, families, and communities
  • Be able to understand behaviour better through the lens of trauma
  • Provide a safe environment in which people can talk
  • Help with the identification of services able to provide help
  • Obtain the tools to decrease the inadvertent re-traumatisation that can occur after a person reacts in the wrong way to a disclosure of abuse
  • Help diffuse a feeling of safety and reassurance across the community

What do you need to do to be part of this?

If you would like to be part of this Community of Practice of Trauma Champions, please complete an expression of interest on SurveyMonkey.

You can also contact 03 6226 2739 or if you have any questions. You will need to provide evidence of a working with vulnerable people registration (Working with Vulnerable People Card) to access the training session. You can apply for this online.

Expressions of interest close Friday 13 November 2020.