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Working with Trauma Survivors: How to be an authentic trauma informed and responsive mental health practitioner

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This is a free event designed for members of the public clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH). For example, a social worker working in mental health at Austin Health. Staff from MHCSSs, ACCHOs, AOD or other partner organisations may also attend. Please note, if you do register for this event and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, your registration will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event start date, or earlier.

Note: This course is fully consumer/survivor-led.

Event description:

This course will support mental health practitioners to be more trauma informed and responsive in everyday work contexts.

Learners will hear about trauma from a survivor perspective, explore how trauma is understood and seen differently across disciplines, and consider what this means for practice. The course will include a critical lens and pragmatic ideas about how to work ethically and supportively with trauma, including thinking about situations which can be trauma-inducing.

Participants will receive a detailed handbook and comprehensive resources for further learning.

The event will cover:

  • Understanding trauma: different perspectives and approaches
  • Put your own mask on first: Trauma-informed self-care for practitioners
  • Putting trauma informed principles into practice: authenticity, challenges and barriers
  • Realising trauma impacts, prevalence, links to mental health, and tensions in health systems
  • Recognising signs of trauma and strategies to support disclosure
  • Responding to trauma and resisting re-traumatisation

This course is delivered online via Zoom. This is an interactive course incorporating a range of teaching styles including didactic, storytelling, and both active and experiential activities. There are opportunities for learners to choose activities which suit their own preferred learning styles. Learning is connected to real-world clinical practice and the lived experience of consumers/survivors.

A zoom link will be to registrants a few days before the training.


Indigo Daya (Consumer/Survivor Perspective Consulting, Speaking & Training)

Indigo Daya has worked across the mental health sector for over 15 years, bringing consumer/survivor perspectives to education, policy, advocacy, research, and practice. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences in Australia and overseas.

As a survivor of childhood trauma, and a past consumer of the public mental health system, Indigo is passionate about building knowledge and skills that enable trauma survivors to find true healing and liberation. Her work emphasises the intersections between trauma, distress and human rights, and seeks opportunities to transform clinical practice.


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