Thank you for all of those who attended our Trauma Informed Care Module Launch. Over 250 people registered to attend either in person or virtually. TRACS WA were privileged to have Dr Ann O’Neill, who is the founder of angelhands as our invited speaker at the Launch.
Jessica Sharp (Development Facilitator, TRACS WA) was supported by Ann O’Neil, (a Social Worker and Trauma Informed Care clinician) along with Dr Noel Collins, (Consultant Psychiatrist, WACHS), Bronwyn Cutler, (Mental Health Senior Health Professional, WACHS), and a number of other health clinicians and consumers to develop the 1.5 hour module.
Our role as health clinicians is to deliver effective healthcare, and part of that caring role is to ensure our that patients feel safe in our care. Triggers for trauma can be anything - a smell, a noise, a colour, a name, a sound. We don’t always know what will trigger someone to feel unsafe. The main objectives of the Trauma Informed Care Module is for WA Health staff to gain a greater understanding of the impact of trauma, exploring outcomes and responses, including how our brain responds to trauma, as well as key support principles, and the main protective factors. TRACS WA delivers training that is evidence based and practical in nature, so staff attending this training will have opportunities to practice and learn communication strategies to support patients who may be experiencing trauma associated responses. This is not a module designed to develop counselling skills, but rather to improve your awareness of Trauma Informed Care and ways of supporting someone who is still experiencing issues related to past trauma.
The training explores ways that all health staff can provide a psychological safe place for our patients. We don’t have to know about the trauma to provide Trauma Informed Care and we don’t need to fix/treat/counsel to be a Trauma Informed Practitioner. We can simply ask “what do I need to know for you to feel safe in my care?” An approach underpinned by the question: “ what happened to you?” rather “than what is wrong with you?” can make a significant difference to the way patients respond to our care.
This training is designed for all WA Health staff, including; medical staff, nursing, support workers, allied health, and all others who work with, or have an impact on, our patients and their support people.
The first rollout will be part of a whole day of training, including Person Centred Care, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care and Staff Health and Wellbeing.