What is a Trauma-Informed Approach?
For those caring for children within a residential setting, having a trauma-informed approach means understanding how traumatic experiences such as abuse, neglect and multiple placement breakdowns shape a child’s development, and therefore their thoughts feelings and behaviours.
As well as developmental difficulties and attachment disorders, a young person’s trauma often manifests itself through a variety of mental health problems. Therefore, supporting our most troubled young people is an extremely challenging job, which is why there is an increasing demand for workers to undertake the additional training necessary to become more therapeutic in their approach.
Children’s Homes staff have experienced how useful our “PACE” and “Secure Base” elements are. The PACE structure provides a foundation for building the therapeutic relationships needed for the young person’s cognitive and emotional development. It also gives workers instantly implementable techniques and is an excellent de-escalation tool. “Secure Base” also provides a clear structure that can be used agency-wide.
Related Courses & Resources
- Therapeutic Care: face-to-face course
- Trauma-Informed Practice: e-learning
- PACE face-to-face training
- Understanding Trauma: face-to-face course
- Understanding Trauma: e-learning
- Attachment Training
- Attachment Disorder: e-learning
- Secure Base: face-to-face course
- Secure Base: e-learning
- 3 Stages of Recovery: Blog
“The PACE training was fantastic, well delivered and very informative. I look forward to Social Care Training Solutions coming back again for our refresher later in the year”.
Yvette from ROC Northwest, referring to the PACE element of their blended training program.
The Feedback so far…
Our Innovative Blended Training Program provides all the knowledge and skills needed to support young people through the “Three Stages of Recovery” from trauma. These three stages are Stabilisation, Adaptation and Integration (as mapped out by Judith Lewis Herman) You can read about it HERE. Within each domain, we explore 6 key topics.
Staff are struck by the relevance and usefulness of this training package and have fed back that it should play a major part in all staff inductions, to enable staff to build those vital relationships with their young people as quickly as possible.
Many staff report that their Attachment training thus far has not gone deep enough and Trauma training had not been adequate. They had also not known how to integrate this theory into their day to day interactions with the children before.
The cost of covering the 18 topics included in our program through conventional face-to-face training would be prohibitive for many organisations. Instead, our model uses e-learning to cover much of the theory required. Then for each domain, we include a live workshop where we really bring the theory to life and embed it through interactive exercises and action planning.
You can complete the full package of modules or pick and choose ones that best suit the needs of your teams.
Who benefits from a Trauma-Informed Approach?
Our program is for workers that support young people who have been impacted by complex trauma. Complex trauma includes a range of stressful experiences which are typically chronic and interpersonal and may affect many different areas of a child or adolescent’s life. Arguably, any carer of a traumatised child needs to become a therapeutic carer, so this course is for both experienced workers and those brand new to the profession.
All courses are also highly recommended for foster carers, social workers and drug workers.