Dr Olga Lavalle & Associates is launching a new series of workshops about skills people can used in the workplace to respond to trauma and work in a supportive and sensitive way with those who have experienced trauma.
As businesses deal with the compounded impacts of economic downturn, COVID-19, bushfires and drought, Dr Olga Lavalle & Associates believe it is more important than ever for employees to be trauma-aware in the workplace.
Cognitive Behavioural Education director Shanna White and a member of the team at Dr Olga Lavalle & Associates will be hosting a series of online workshops in July and August that will arm participants with the understanding, skills and strategies to be trauma aware in the workplace.
"Trauma is part of the human experience, and all people will have dealt with some form of trauma in their lives. This means your staff, customers, colleagues and clients may all have trauma they're processing," Ms White said.
"The training recognises the importance of being informed about trauma, and is relevant to anyone who works with children and adults - from allied health professionals to insurance claim managers and everyone in between."
"The workshops teach how to use a trauma-informed lens at work. They empower all workers to develop strategies and resources to support the emotional, cognitive and psychological development of the people they encounter; both directly and indirectly".
The online workshops will provide practical tips to help staff to engage in a respectful and supportive way and offer tips on managing your own mental health, especially if your job means you're in a role where you interact with vulnerable people who have experienced intense trauma.
The four cornerstones of trauma-informed practice are:
- Neurobiology: What do we know? Exploring the neurodevelopmental consequences of trauma across the lifespan.
- Presentation: What do we see? Recognising how people and organisations who have experienced trauma behave.
- Intervention: What do we do? Strategies on how to manage trauma-driven interactions and organisations.
- Wellbeing: What do we change? Identifying and addressing the effect of trauma on workers, and how to manage our own mental health.
- Trauma Informed Practice Skills for Working with Children and Adolescents Workshop will be held online from 9am to 5pm on July 17
- Trauma Informed Practice Skills - A Toolkit for Adults and Organisations is scheduled for July 31 from 9am to 5pm.
- A T.I.P.S for Working with Children and Adolescents in four weekly evening workshops from 7.30pm to 9pm will comment on August 3.
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