The Trauma Informed Practitioner

Despite being an integral requirement for delivering health and social care agendas, staff often feel ill-equipped to work with individuals who have experienced trauma.

There is a common assumption that in order to identify, and work with, those who have suffered trauma, practitioners need to be mental health specialists. As a result, clients who could otherwise receive a more holistic service are referred on to other ‘specialist’ organisations.

In reality, trauma is an area that service users can absolutely explore with the practitioners they have already built a rapport with, as long as staff teams feel confident and knowledgeable enough to deliver trauma-sensitive interventions.

Vital Signs has developed an evidence-based training programme to ensure that staff with no prior knowledge of working with trauma can develop the skills to provide better support to clients with specific needs relating to trauma. In addition, our training ensures staff work through modules which directly align with the expectations of current behavioural health and social care agendas.

Course outline

Delegates will:

  • Gain a theoretical understanding of trauma and how it impacts individuals physically and psychologically.
  • Understand the different types of trauma, its co-morbidity with substance and/or alcohol dependence.
  • Understand guidelines around creating a trauma informed environment.  
  • Be introduced to a three stage model of recovery from trauma. 
  • Understand the impact of trauma on themselves and be provided with some useful tools to support their ongoing practice.
  • Prepare delegates to use an assessment tool that can support referral to specialist agencies supporting traumatised individuals.

Learning outcomes

  • What is trauma? 
  • Trauma-informed practices.
  • Assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Co-occurring disorders - substance abuse and trauma.
  • The far-reaching effects of trauma.
  • Three-stage recovery.
  • Tools of recovery.
  • Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.
  • Self-care and compassion.

Maximum numbers



Two days

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