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Understanding trauma will improve your practice

Nurse with elderly patient walking through sunny corridor
Nurse with elderly patient walking through sunny corridor
Nurse with elderly patient walking through sunny corridor

Could you and your colleagues work more effectively with people affected by trauma? Sign up to be notified of our next course.

Trauma can have a huge impact on people's behaviours and relationships. Understanding the impact of trauma will improve your practice and the lives of the people you care for.

Our one-day course will introduce you to what psychological trauma is, the effects it can have and why trauma-informed care is important. The course will help you consider how you could adopt a trauma-informed approach in your practice. You will explore the impact of working with people who are traumatised and identify strategies of emotional safety and strengthening your resilience.

The course will provide you with foundation knowledge and some simple tools that could be applied in a wide range of practice settings. You will be provided with links to resources to extend your learning beyond the day.

This course has been designed by Caroline Aldridge who is a social worker and independent trainer with more than 30 years experience in working with people who have experienced a range of different traumas including early trauma and traumatic bereavement. The course will be delivered by Amy Tennant, a social worker and lecturer with 20 years' experience working in hospitals and care settings. 

This one-day course will be delivered via an interactive webinar. You will need access to the internet, a device with audio and video capacity, and a space to log-in from where you can talk freely. 

This course is part of the Developing Skills in Health and Social Care project, partially funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).


Course objectives

Defining Psychological Trauma   

  • Identify what trauma is and the conditions that create different types of psychological trauma.

Effects of Trauma 

  • Develop an understanding of the way our bodies and brains respond to trauma and how this might present through behaviours.
  • Identify the long-term effects of unresolved trauma on individuals and on their relationships with those around them.

Trauma-Informed Approaches 

  • Identify why trauma-informed care is and why it is important.
  • Develop some strategies of creating emotional safety and opportunities to respond to people in a trauma-sensitive way.

  Resilience to Trauma 

  • Identify how working with people who are traumatised might impact on you and your practice.
  • Develop strategies to maintain your own emotional safety and strengthen your resilience as a practitioner.
  • Create an ‘emotional first aid kit’ that you can use to support your own and others’ wellbeing.

Our December course is now full. We will be running another course again in January and will be reopening applications nearer the time. 

We are required to collect documentation to confirm your eligibility for funding under the European Social Fund. This information will only be used for the purpose of confirming your eligibility and will then be destroyed.