“The aim of the programme is to develop people’s proficiency in the principles, knowledge and practice of Trauma Informed Care, when caring for and working with people who have multi-dimensional experiences of trauma,” says Tara.
The next Trauma Informed Care eight-week programme starts on 24 April and is offered online over ten weeks, and includes two face-to-face workshops.
“The programme gives people an understanding of the neuroscience behind trauma, trauma in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand and how trauma manifests in a variety of behaviours, as well as some brief interventions to use with a client, patient or whānau member,” says Tara.
Developed in 2019 in response to a request from a previous Associate Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services at Te Whatu Ora Taranaki, the programme was borne out of recommendations made in He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction (2018) report and Kia Hora Te Marino (2018).
A recent programme participant says: “On reflection I have definitely benefited from completing the trauma informed micro-credential. It has deepened and enhanced my understanding of being trauma informed and good practice using a trauma informed lens,” says Sheryl Robinson.
The application of this programme is suitable for everyone in a client-focused health and social service role, from those who work in corrections through to those in social services, mental health, counselling and health.
“Tara and I both have a strong interest in trauma and it was satisfying to know that the programme we’ve developed and the work we’re doing in this space is making a difference,” says Helen.