Authors: Sabin Fernbacher, Joanne Switserloot, Sandra Boughton
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The value of a trauma informed care approach to working with consumers in mental health settings has increasingly gained acceptance. A number of excellent papers and guidelines exist to describe the processes involved in establishing a trauma informed approach. The outline and content of training programs are easily accessible in the literature and the necessary components to ensure a ‘whole of organisation’ approach are clearly outlined. The next step of putting training into practice is less clearly delineated. Insights into the challenges involved in imbedding this approach in a psychiatric unit are difficult to find. In this presentation we will discuss the challenges of taking that next step in bringing change about in a practical sense. We will focus on the learnings involved in moving from training to implementation. An essential element of putting theory into practice is the involvement of all stakeholders, consumers and staff, in every aspect of the process. This can be time consuming and involves many tensions in the process of attitude and behaviour change while balancing demand and the pace of a busy inpatient unit. We will share the journey from training, through identification of initial goals to putting plans into action.