What is Trauma Informed Training?
Trauma Informed Training – Transforming Psychological Trauma: A Knowledge and Skills Framework
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) was commissioned to develop ‘Transforming Psychological Trauma: A Knowledge and Skills Framework for the Scottish Workforce’ as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to developing a National Trauma Training Strategy as outlined in the Survivor Scotland Strategic Outcomes and Priorities (2015–2017) publication.
Increasing Awareness Through Trauma Informed Training
The overall outcome is to increase the awareness and knowledge of trauma and how it affects people for the whole workforce across Scotland, so we can create an informed response to people and how they may present. This because trauma is much more common than we think and the impact of traumatic events affect us all in our day to day lives.
Trauma can affect us in many ways and can have a significant effect on how we feel and behave. Many areas of our lives are affected, from our own physical and mental health to our relationships, our work and our liberty. There are many groups in society that are more likely to experience trauma for many different reasons, one particular example is children due to their lack of ability to control what is happening to them.
Scotland – A Nation That is Trauma Informed
In Scotland our Knowledge and Skills Framework aspires to be a nation that is ‘Trauma Informed’ where all of our workforce know how to respond and support people affected by trauma. This is a very forward-thinking vision and will rely upon the whole workforce taking part to ensure that we can actually become better equipped to help people who need support. The vision is to change the question from ‘What is wrong with you?’ to ‘What happened to you?’, flipping the thinking on behaviours triggered by trauma.
To enable us to become the ‘Trauma Informed’ nation we want to be we need all of the people who work in shops, cafes, factories, offices, NHS, police, armed forces, government, etc to take part, it is just as important for the waitress in a local hotel to be trauma informed as it is for a senior manager in a government department. We need to learn to support the people we come across everyday to recover from the traumatic events they may have suffered.
A Framework of Knowledge & Understanding
Although Trauma is ‘everyone’s business’ it is not necessary that everyone is an expert, so the framework has four levels of knowledge and understanding dependent upon how people may work individuals with experience of trauma. These range, from being informed to those who provide clinical supports and interventions.
Here at R-evolution For Good we are already a trauma informed business and our founder Debi Weir is passionate about supporting people to recover from trauma. The training plan that was created from the framework sets out how to go about choosing a training provider and highlights the need for co-production with those with lived experience. Our founder herself has experienced and overcome significant complex trauma and bring a great deal of lived experience to the training we offer.
We have just launched the first of our training available online in March which has been aligned to the Knowledge and Skills Framework and meets the desired training outcomes set out by NES.
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