Authors: Cathy Kezelman, NSW
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: RESEARCH & EVALUATION INFORMING PRACTICE, ASCA ADULTS SURVIVING CHILD ABUSE, Trauma Informed Practice
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: ASCA’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery present the collective wisdom of the last two decades of national and international research in the trauma field. They establish a framework for responding to trauma and set the standards in each of two domains: A.Clinical - reflecting growing insights into the role of trauma in mental health issues and providing practitioners with the knowledge and skills to support their clients towards recovery. B.Organisational - outlining trauma informed principles of practice for services with which people with trauma histories come into contact. This paper will present an overview of the Guidelines, including advances in neuroscience which establish hope and optimism for those living daily with the effects of traumatic experiences. The implementation of this research into practice will help establish pathways to recovery for large numbers of Australians living with the unresolved trauma.