Trauma Informed Practice: Assessing for recovery

A conference presented by the International Centre for Therapeutic Care (ICTC) and the Institute from Recovery of Childhood Trauma (IRCT)

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Over the past 20 years, ‘trauma-informed’ approaches have become increasingly popular as a means for reducing the negative impact of childhood adversities and supporting child and adult mental health outcomes. These approaches are informed by a set of principles that recognise that experiences of trauma are prevalent and can negatively impact the daily functioning of many individuals. This awareness is then assumed to help practitioners offer services that are more welcoming and less likely to inadvertently re-traumatise service users. Examples of common trauma- informed activities include trauma-awareness training, trauma screening and service redesigns aimed at addressing the impact of trauma on individuals. Trauma informed principles have also more recently begun to be adopted by schools, the police and other frontline services to improve service quality more generally.

Studies show that practitioners are often quite enthusiastic about trauma-informed principles and believe that awareness of them will substantially improve their ability to engage clients and help them. However, studies also show that there is a notable lack of consistency in how trauma-informed principles are applied in practice and their value to practitioners and clients is yet to be rigorously evaluated.

This conference will present four assessment models for assessing progress towards recovery from trauma developed by practitioners working with children who have experienced complex trauma. It will enable participants to compare and contrast the approaches and look for commonalities as well as providing an opportunity to explore each in more depth and apply the principles to their own work.

During this event – Learning objectives;

1. To learn about some of the existing assessment approaches available for assessing the efficacy of trauma informed practice aimed at promoting recovery

2. To discover the basic ingredients of Trauma Informed Practice required to promote recovery

3. To gain experience in developing a ‘theory of change’ to guide your practice delivery model

4. To gather ideas about how to build in an evaluation of your own services to be able to demonstrate that what you are doing works.

Programme: Day 1

09.30 – 10.00 – arriving and registration

10.00 – 10.15 – Welcome, housekeeping, plan for the day

10.15 – 11.00 – Sylvia Duncan – Assessing Progress in a Therapeutic Re-parenting Scheme

11.00 – 11.30 – Large group discussions

11.30 – 11.45 – Break

11.45 – 12.30 – Caryn Onions – The Development and Use of the SEA Scale: A Mulberry Bush Initiative to Assess a Child’s Social & Emotional Abilities

12.30 – 13.00 – Large group discussion

13.00 – 14.00- Lunch

14.00 – 14.45 – Miriam Silver – BERRI: Assessing Needs and Measuring Change to Improve Outcomes for Traumatised Children

14.45 – 15.15 – Large group discussions

15.15 – 16.00 – Richard Cross – The Development of an Integrated Residential Assessment Service: An Early Intervention to Turn Children’s Lives Around

16.00 – 16.30 – Large group discussions

16.30 – 17.00 – Thoughts from the day

17.00 – 18.30 – Free time

18.30 -19.30 – Communal meal

19.30 – Free time


Day 2:

08.00 09.00 – Breakfast

09.00 – 09.30 – Preoccupations and Reflections on yesterday.

09.30 – 10.45 – Speakers Workshops

10.45 – 11.00 – Break

11.00 – 12.15 – Speakers Workshops

12.15 – 13.15 – Lunch

13.15 – 14.30 – Speakers Workshops

14.30 – 14.45 – Break

14.45 – 16.00 – Speakers Workshops

16.00 – 16.30 – Feedback and forward thinking


Woodbrooke Conference Centre 1046 Bristol Road Birmingham B29 6LJ

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