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Trauma informed resilience training

In the wake of COVID-19, people are at increased risk of developing traumatic stress. In this course we look to understand the signs and symptoms of traumatic stress and explore resilience strategies.

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About

In recent months we have seen an increase in the number of people needing to access crisis care. The main aim of the course is crisis prevention and removing the stigma of asking for help.

Benefits of the course

  • It has been developed and is delivered by a trainer who is as an expert by experience.
  • Delegates will be able to understand and recognise when they are using strategies to avoid the signs & symptoms of traumatic stress.
  • The trainer uses personal experiences to highlight the core features of traumatic stress and the risk areas that can prevent identification of the signs and symptoms.
  • The link between traumatic stress and suicidal ideation is explained.
  • A scientific approach is employed as a form of intervention through education. if a person understands what is happening to them (or to friends/family/peers/clients), they are more likely to have self-compassion (or empathy) and consequently, to reach out for support during crisis, and to adopt resilience strategies to avoid entering into crisis in the first place.
  • A hand-out including key presentation slides, signposting, and guidance on how to approach GP appointments related to traumatic stress is provided.
  • Over 100 people have attended the training so far, and the feedback reflected that 97% of people either agree or strongly agree that their understanding of mental health resilience had increased; 100% of people either agree or strongly agree that their knowledge of wellbeing support strategies had increased.

Course content

  • What type of events can lead to PTSD and why COVID-19 presents a potent opportunity for people to develop traumatic stress symptoms.
  • What is trauma and time frames for symptoms to develop.
  • The science behind how our brain identifies if something is a threat, and the distinction between a non-traumatised and a traumatised brain.
  • What are the signs and symptoms of traumatic stress.
  • What does resilience mean in the context of traumatic stress.
  • The PTSD continuum as a visual tool demonstrating the flow between different stages of traumatic experience, and the resilience strategies available at each stage of experience.
  • The importance of resourcing.
  • Signposting.

Training Delivery

This course has been developed and is delivered by a trainer who is an expert by experience. They have a considerable amount of personal experience with PTSD and are particularly skilled at keeping the training environment ‘safe’; traumatic stress is a complex topic and requires careful navigation in a live training environment, where the challenge is to educate and empower without triggering symptoms of traumatic stress (or causing re-traumatisation) in the delegates.

This workshop is developed for a half-day session, running for 3 hours with suitable breaks.  It is delivered via Zoom or Teams and is available to run at a time that suits your team.  We can also tailor the content and duration to fit your training requirements.

Training is delivered interactively with practical exercises, participation from delegates and opportunity for questions and discussion.  As Mind in Harrow we are a specialist provider which ensures that knowledge provided is well-evidenced and relevant.

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Currently, during the coronavirus outbreak, our services and activities are running remotely.  We will begin to offer face-to-face activities again when we can undertake these safely.