Responding to Trauma – Building Effective Responses for Carers

Course overview

Course Description

This course aims to equip foster and kinship carers with basic knowledge, understanding, approaches and practical strategies to respond to traumatised children in their care. In particular, this course will explore the way that complex trauma resulting from experiences such as childhood abuse and neglect affects development, and describe trauma informed ways to care for children.

Additionally, materials in this course have been contextualised to meet the specific needs of Aboriginal carers and to increase the ability of non Aboriginal carers to understand the ongoing impacts of intergenerational trauma and to provide care that is culturally safe.

Entry requirements

No prior learning assumed.

Course offered to foster and kinship carers.


2 half day workshops 10.00am-2.00pm


$450 per person

Delivery mode

Online through Zoom

Included in the course

A comprehensive learner guide for practitioners

A certificate of participation at completion of course

Group bookings: Please contact AbSecLDC on (02) 9559 5299 or to enquire about costs and availability

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the different types of trauma
  • Identify a variety of impacts and indicators of trauma
  • Demonstrate effective responses to indicators and impacts of trauma
  • Discuss key principles of Trauma Informed Practice and develop relevant strategies for incorporating these principles into work practice
  • Consider the importance of relationship for fostering recovery and healing and demonstrate ways to include this in client interactions
  • Promote safe environments and relationships with trauma survivors to prevent traumatisation and re‑traumatisation
  • Develop skills to respond to behaviours of distress using the principles of trauma informed care
  • Identify and build on clients’ resources, strengths and protective factors
  • Identify self‑care strategies

Upcoming Workshops

There are currently no dates available for this course.