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working for mental health
Building Workforce Capacity in Trauma Informed Care
Altering States: Working for Wellbeing Conference 2012
Senior Policy Officer
Mental Health Coordinating Council
Defining complex trauma
Complex trauma generally refers to traumatic stressors that are interpersonal
They are premeditated, planned, and caused by other humans, such as violating and/or exploitation of another person
Christine A. Courtois.2010.
Understanding Complex Trauma, Complex Reactions, and Treatment
The consequences of trauma often leads to a number of mental health and related problems, such as :
The national TICP AWG is leading the call for
a national trauma informed approach to care which embodies a paradigm shift in service delivery to create an environment that is more supportive, comprehensively integrated, empowering and therapeutic
MHCC Learning & Development in collaboration with ASCA is in the process of developing two new Certificate IV courses - one for the mental health and community managed workforce and one for managers
Orientation to Trauma Informed Care aims to support the sector transform mental health and allied human services to better serve consumers with abuse histories
The courses are tailored to meet the different needs of managers and workers and will include elements that will enable participants to:
The Purpose of the Guidelines is to inform a diverse audience
2. Practice Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Care and Service Delivery are directed to all services with which people with trauma histories come into contact
Trauma Informed Care
is directed by a thorough understanding of the neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of trauma and violence
the prevalence of these experiences in people receiving mental health services
It involves not only changing assumptions about how we organise and provide services, but creates organisational cultures that are personal, holistic, creative, open, and therapeutic
It is a practice that can be utilised to support service providers in moving from a caretaker to a collaborator role using a trauma informed recovery-orientated approach
We encourage you to visit the MHCC website at
join our network and make use of the resources available.
Corinne Henderson, Senior Policy Officer
Tel: 02 9555 8388 ext 101
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