Trauma Skilled Practice Level 2

Who Should Attend?

Trauma Skilled Practice course is for staff with direct and frequent contact with people who may be survivors of trauma.

It is assumed that the individual has learned at an introductory level about trauma through the Level 1 workshop or equivalent similar courses. This course is for all staff who are working directly supporting people.

This training sits at the Skilled Practice Level 2 in the National Trauma Training Skills Framework.

Aims of the Course

To be able to develop working relationships based on trauma-informed principles of trust, collaboration, choice, empowerment and safety.

Objectives of the Course

Participants will:

  • For workers to gain an understanding of the impact of trauma for different populations, life stages and types.
  • For workers to be able to recognise when an individual requires psychological support and where and how to refer them on.
  • To recognise when an individual or dependants are experiencing harm linked to discrimination.
  • Staff will learn the current guidance and protocols for assessing and managing risk.
  • Workers will learn appropriate trauma-informed ways of supporting disclosure.
  • Workers will learn about their own responses and reactions to trauma and how to look after themselves.
  • Workers will learn about the options for care, support and therapy to support individuals.
  • Staff will learn about the successful recovery and fulfilling lives of persons affected by trauma.

Practice Level Definitions

  • Trauma Informed Practice.
    • All workers.
    • Examples include shop workers, taxi drivers, recreation workers, and office workers.
  • Trauma Skilled Practice.
    • Workers who are likely to be coming into contact with people who may have been affected by trauma.
    • Examples include some lawyers, GPs, teachers, support for learning staff, police officers, nursery staff, sports-club coaches, receptionists, dentists, judges, A&E workers, lecturers, housing workers, care workers, service managers, youth development workers, health visitors and counsellors.
  • Trauma Enhanced Practice.
    • Workers who have a specific remit to respond to people known to be affected by trauma —AND— are required to provide advocacy support or interventions —OR— are required to adapt the way they work to take into account trauma reactions to do their job well and reduce risk of re-traumatisation —OR— are required to manage these services.
    • Examples include some lawyers, mental health nurses and workers, specialist domestic abuse support and advocacy workers, educational support teachers, some specialist police officers, some psychiatrists, forensic medical examiners, social workers, prison staff, secure unit workers, drug and alcohol workers and specialist counsellors.
  • Trauma Specialist Practice.
    • Workers who have a specific remit to provide specialist interventions or therapies for people known to be affected by trauma with complex needs.
    • Examples could include social workers with specialist roles/training, major incident workers, some psychiatrists, managers of highly specialist services, psychologists and other therapists.

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