Being Trauma-Informed and Working with Complex Trauma

Blue Knot has developed a set of fact sheets to support safe trauma-informed conversations and work with people with complex trauma experiences. This series includes fact sheets for workers, managers, health professionals, General Practitioners and services.

Becoming Trauma-Informed - Services

This fact sheet provides services with basic information about the importance of trauma-informed practice and how to embed trauma-informed principles within services. Trauma is common. This means that service providers need to be aware that many clients may be affected by its impacts. Being more aware of trauma does not automatically mean that service providers are better able to talk about it or engage with people affected by it.

Having conversations about trauma - Services

This fact sheet provides service providers with information to enable them to have safe conversations about trauma with clients and colleagues in their service. It provides information about complex trauma and its impacts, and the ways people cope. It also informs about the stress response and trauma responses including challenges managing strong emotions and changing levels of arousal. It also provides strategies and tools for service providers to enable them to engage safely with people with trauma experiences accessing their services.

It is drawn from the full publication Talking about Trauma: Guide to Conversations for Health and Other Service Providers.

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Talking about Trauma for General Practitioners and Primary Care Providers

This fact sheet provides GPs with information about complex trauma as how to have safe conversations with patients about trauma. It also provides information about setting up a practice which is trauma-informed and provides a safe space for patients to attend.

Trauma-informed fact sheet for Workers

The fact sheet provides information about the effects of trauma on the brain, biological responses to stress and the possible impacts of complex trauma. It provides people working in different roles with information about the core trauma-informed principles and how to embed them, to the benefit of clients, staff and services.

Trauma-informed service delivery for Managers

This fact sheet supports managers to better understand trauma responses and the benefits of embedding trauma-informed principles to enhance outcomes for clients, staff, volunteers and the services themselves. It explores the benefits of trauma-informed services around OH&S and risk management.

Understanding Complex Trauma for General Practitioners

This fact sheet highlights the prevalence, impacts, and treatment approaches for patients with complex trauma .It connects adverse childhood experiences to its many health and psychosocial presentations. It also notes the physiological responses to stress and coping strategies with which survivors can present, many of which are conceptualised as symptoms.

Working with Complex Trauma for Health Professionals

This fact sheet highlights the prevalence, impacts, stakes and treatment approaches to complex trauma . It connects adverse childhood experiences to its many health and psychosocial consequences, noting the common physiological responses to stress and coping strategies. Based in research it attests to possibilities for recovery within healthy therapeutic and personal relationships.

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