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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Workshop overview

Already traumatised clients can be further traumatised when engaging with the legal system, particular those with complex legal issues. This half-day workshop equips workers with practical strategies in taking statements and responding to the client’s distress. It will also address the vicarious trauma that workers may experience when exposed to the distress and difficult content when assisting traumatised clients with complex legal problems.

Content includes:

  • What is trauma? Different types of trauma
  • Impacts of trauma, specifically on the brain and relationships
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Taking a statement and framing questions
  • Navigating the challenges of memory
  • What to do if someone becomes distressed/has a panic attack/dissociates
  • Closing a session sensitively
  • Vicarious trauma, boundaries, and self-care

This training is designed for lawyers and other professionals who work with clients who have experienced trauma and who would like to understand more about how this impacts on their work.

This workshop is available upon request. Please go to the ‘Request Training page for further information about workshop fees and how to make a request for your workplace. Please note that requests need to be made and confirmed at least 6-8 weeks in advance as we do get booked up.

A certificate for the half-day workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on at a STARTTS calendar event. For workshops delivered by request in your workplace, a certificate for the workshop can be emailed to the participants after the event if the organisation supplies an Excel sheet with the First Name, Last Name and Email address of every participant listed.

CPD hours = 4

This workshop adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

Email: stts-training@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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