'Understanding and Responding to Trauma'
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About the Event
Do you support people who have experienced trauma or abuse?This two-day course provides an in-depth look at trauma, trauma informed care and trauma informed workplaces.
The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT heavily subsidises these workshops for the benefit of employees of its Member Organisations. Others may also attend, but at a lower discount and subject to demand from our Members.
The objective of trauma-informed care is that all aspects of service delivery are informed by an understanding of the impact of trauma, which can result from family dysfunction, school or workplace bullying, violence and conflict, neglect or abuse.
Services that do not understand and respond effectively to the impacts of trauma risk compounding the effects and creating further harm.
In this course you will learn to:
- Understand the current thinking about trauma informed care and how to apply this in the workplace.
- Understand how to respond and support people who have experienced trauma.
- Understand the difference between trauma-informed services and trauma therapy.
- Identify stress responses.
- Explore the impact of intergenerational trauma - particularly in Aboriginal communities.
- Explore re-traumatisation in services and systems.
- Explore strategies for preventing and managing vicarious trauma.
- Promote safety: triggers and flashbacks, safe relationships, safe environments.
The trainer – Mirna Tarabay
Mirna Tarabay comes to us from our sister organisation, the Mental Health Coordinating Council of NSW (MHCC NSW). Mirna has a background in teaching, but found that she preferred the ‘welfare’ part of her job and left the school system to work in a women’s refuge. She began studies in counselling and went on to work at a migrant and refugee women’s service in Sydney, as well as working as a counsellor with the Department of Community Services’ Domestic Violence Line.
Mirna found that her love of teaching remained, so for many years she worked as a Training and Development Coordinator for the Centre for Community Welfare Training. She has also worked as an educator in the Education Centre Against Violence and the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
More recently Mirna has been involved in the counselling program at the Aids Council and the personal counselling service at Lifeline before beginning her relationship with MHCC NSW and conducting her own counselling business.
What others have said about this course
- "I cannot fault this course; it is by far the best training I have done with MHCC. Course content was informative and fascinating, and the facilitators were intelligent, warm, engaging and open"
- "This workshop has been instrumental in the design and reconfiguration of the service model particularly in relation to the theory underpinning the service delivery approach"