Trauma Informed Care/Practice

2-Day Practice Support Workshop

Course Briefing 2019 (Version 1.0)

Trauma Informed Practice (TIP): Workshop Overview

What is TIP?

The term ‘Trauma Informed Practice’ (TIP) has gained increasing momentum over the past few years. However, it remains broad in its implications and exactly what it means and how it is operationalised is likely to vary across service contexts.

TIP is in many ways synonymous with a psychologically informed strengths-based approach. It involves understanding the origin and effects of past trauma on the individual, and taking this into account in the provision of care.

This involves not only an appreciation of the impact of trauma on the individual being supported, but the importance of attending to the well-being of those providing care in terms of physical, emotional and psychological safety.

Becoming ‘trauma-informed’ also includes an appreciation of the way in which professionals and services can actively work to avoid contributing to any re-traumatisation through well- meaning efforts to support complex individuals and their behaviour.

Why Consider TIP?

Research into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) reveals a wide variety of experiences can constitute trauma and that the resulting effects of these continue to impact development and behaviour over time.

Consequently, our understanding of the significant role of past trauma in mental health difficulties and offending behaviour in young people and adults is now being recognised. As a result, service providers and individual practitioners acknowledge the need to adapt approaches and practices in ways that account for the impact of past trauma on the individual.

Viewing behaviour through a trauma-informed lens enables practitioners to more accurately understand a person’s efforts to cope. It informs practice in ways that fosters connections with individuals, reduces the likelihood of unwittingly contributing to maintaining difficulties associated with past trauma and facilitates a space for positive change.

Course Overview

This training package has been designed to be delivered over 2 days to ensure sufficient space for the introduction of theoretical material as well as consideration of how this translates into meaningful practice through direct reflective and experiential workshop exercises. WrightLink Ltd. recognise the value of attending to the design of training courses in ways that maximise the impact on delegates and increase the likelihood they will take the benefits of what they learn beyond the training room.

Learning Objectives

  • Increased understanding of trauma, including what it is, and how it impacts young people in the short term and over time. This will include a focus on key psychological and neurodevelopmental theory;
  • Greater clarity on what TIP is and why it benefits practitioners and services to understand. Includes a focus on how TIP is specifically relevant for Local Authority Services and the care of young people and their families. Addresses how practices such as case planning and casework (i.e. forensic case formulation) can become more trauma informed as well as understanding and working with challenges such as difficulties engaging young people where trauma may be playing a role;
  • Increased understanding and confidence in working directly with individuals with a history of trauma in ways that enhance the relationship between the young person, practitioner and others involved. Key topics include safety, connection and relational work, boundaries, and fostering resilience through emotional containment. The value of collaboration, choice and empowerment in practice will be emphasised.;
  • Increased awareness of the potential impact of working with traumatised individuals and recognition of the crucial importance in embedding good practice for practitioner self-care into daily work.

Facilitators

Andi Myles-Wright CPsychol AFBPsS is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society; he is also the founder and co-director of WrightLink Ltd, providing psychologically informed performance support, training, consultancy and research in Children’s Services, Youth Justice, Criminal Justice, and Community Safety since 2010.

Andi has delivered consultancy, training, and research-focused support in a variety of settings including HM Prison Service, Secure Training Centres, Secure Children’s Homes, Family Assessment Units, Early Help, and Youth Offending Services. Andi also has experience of providing psychological consultancy surrounding ‘black market’ illicit activity in the UK, South Africa, Malaysia, and Australia, and conducting research surrounding violence and indiscipline in schools on behalf of the NASUWT teacher’s union.

Andi has published books chapters in edited texts with Willan Publishing Group, book reviews surrounding youth offending practice, and international research exploring youth justice practitioners’ experiences supervising young people presenting with harmful sexual behaviour in Youth Offending Services in England.

Andi is also a guest lecturer on the MSc Forensic Psychology Postgraduate Practitioner Training Pathway at the University of Portsmouth, and the BSc Criminology/Psychology Undergraduate Degree at the University of Brighton.

Jennifer Lucas MBACP is a Registered Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Jeni has extensive experience supporting individuals who present with mental health, substance use, harmful sexual behaviour, attachment, developmental trauma, and offending behaviour in North East Wales NHS, and the London Boroughs of Hackney, Greenwich, and Camden.

Jeni is currently a manager in the London Borough of Camden Family Support and Complex Families Service, supporting young people and/or primary carers in the community who present with complex trauma histories, substance use, and mental health difficulties.

Jeni also supports the services offered by WrightLink Ltd as an associate trainer/consultant psychotherapist, by effectively co-designing and co-delivering coaching support packages in trauma informed practice within both youth offending and early help service provision.