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Trauma Informed Practice - working with the effects of Trauma in the Justice System CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

**Due to the ongoing & evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all CPD courses have been cancelled until further notice. Delegates who have already booked onto a course will be offered full refunds in due course.**

Many vulnerable people supported by Intermediaries have experienced trauma. Recent advances in neurobiology, human development and treatment approaches have greatly increased understanding of the impact of trauma on the human experience. The course will be interactive and delegates will be divided into small working groups.

Who is this course for? This course has been developed for professionals working in the justice system, including intermediaries, barristers, solicitors, anyone working with youth offenders, social workers, police and psychologists.

Course requirements: IfJ Full, International or Associate member. Join here.

Course content:

  • The different types of trauma and their significance.
  • The fundamental importance of felt safety to human beings and instinctual survival responses when this is compromised.
  • How trauma impacts upon human development.
  • The complex effects of trauma functioning including communication and the challenges this presents for people going through the criminal justice systems.
  • Practical strategies intermediaries can use to assist traumatised witnesses to effectively communicate.
  • Secondary/Vicarious trauma - recognising signs in ourselves.

The City Law School and the School of Health Sciences will deliver this CPD course in conjunction with Intermediaries for Justice (IfJ). The course will be interactive and delegates will be divided into small groups to work in.

Course facilitators: Catherine O'Neill, Dr Laura Farrugia (intermediaries) and Dr Kevin Smith) (National Vulnerable Witness Adviser).