Our Trainings

Powerful training for community, education and health professionals

Our training is based on two decades of frontline experience in trauma recovery.

We are a grassroots organisation so we understand the real challenges facing professionals who work with trauma. Over 8,500 survivors have experienced lasting results with our unique recovery model and their insights inform our various training options.

All of our training is delivered by health professionals who are themselves survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. It’s this unique blended insight that ensures our training is able to immediately transform the relationship between health and community professionals to significantly improve client outcomes while reducing the risk of burnout and compassion fatigue

"Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering." - Peter Levine, Phd Medical Biophysics, Phd Psychology, Author 'Waking the Tiger'

Training

All workshops are experiential and focused on empowerment of both professionals and clients. All our trainers are survivors of childhood trauma and where possible, we invite consumers from our community to share their experiences to give participants the deepest possible insight into the needs of service users.

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Implementing Trauma-Informed Practice

We provide research-based exploration of the strategies that work best with survivors of childhood trauma to help them feel safe and engaged to ensure they receive benefit from services. Survivors of childhood trauma and abuse present their unique experiences of mental health services, providing an informed, holistic view of the process from the perspectives of consumers and professionals.

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Trauma-Informed Healing for Therapists

This highly experiential workshop will enable therapeutic practitioners to deepen their knowledge of the survivor experience, establish safety quickly and learn strategies that can be shared with clients to support self-regulation and self-healing between sessions. Therapists will understand how to empower their clients “as the expert” in their own recovery, and recognise that by utilising their innate self-knowledge, they hold the key to their own healing, thereby liberating the health practitioner from the need to ‘teach’, ‘advise’ or ‘fix’ the client. 

Managing Tricky Workplace Relationships

Participants in this workshop will learn how to manage their emotions in order to avoid miscommunication with clients and colleagues, resolve conflicts, understand personality differences, and build a cohesive work environment. They will be able to apply the principles of neuroscience to understand how people relate to each other and strengthen workplace relationships through brain-friendly communication. 

The Effect of Trauma on the Developing Brain

This half-day workshop looks at the structure and function of the parts of the brain concerned with fear. We explore the relationship between the brain and the Autonomic Nervous System with an emphasis on the effect of hormones on behaviour.  Participants will discuss the way the brain processes memory and the differences between implicit and explicit memory as well as how to reduce the impact of the Sympathetic Nervous System.This content is foundational and supports a deeper understanding of the behavioural problems that stem from trauma.

Understanding the Role of Parenting in Childhood Trauma

This half-day workshop explores the psychological paradigms of childhood development and the extent to which adverse childhood experiences are determined by parenting factors. The impact of the early family and social environment on the developing child’s cognition and ethical behaviour are discussed to support understanding of development delays in childhood. Attachment Styles are introduced and discussed as they apply in the context of childhood trauma.

Managing Vicarious Trauma: Self Care & Healthy Boundaries

The maintenance of appropriate personal and professional boundaries is essential for health and wellbeing. This workshops provides an introduction to vicarious trauma together with strategies on how to maintain healthy boundaries when working with survivors of trauma. The workshop explores the different types of boundaries with a focus on how to recognise, set and maintain healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. The similarities and differences between boundaries are discussed together with the impact and implication of poor or broken boundaries. 

Understanding the Real Reason Why People Self Harm

This half-day workshop explores the practice of self-harm and has been informed by survivors of trauma who have themselves practiced self-harm as a way of coping with the pain of childhood trauma. It is important to recognise that self-harm is not well understood by society. This can add to the feelings of shame and isolation that cause people to cover up their behaviour, making them less likely to seek help.  Self-harm can be defined as the deliberate, impulsive, repetitive, non-lethal harming of one’s self and can cover a wide range of behaviours. This practice is often accompanied by other addictive tendencies.

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Responding to Clients Who Have Experienced Trauma and Sexual Assault

This highly experiential two-day workshop is designed to assist first responders to work more effectively with clients that have experienced trauma including sexual assault. It is designed to assist first responders to understand the underlying factors that can contribute to escalated emotion and provide practical strategies to de-escalate situations where a trauma response underpins the behaviour. There will be an introduction to vicarious trauma together with strategies on how to maintain healthy boundaries when working with survivors of trauma.

Trauma-Informed Practice for Working with Children

Heal for Life has been running residential healing programs for children from the age of 8 – 12 years for over 10 years. The principles and benefits of this one-day training workshop are informed by our highly successful Kids Kamp programs where we can see the transformational positive change that is possible for children and young people. The workshop is designed to deliver professionals strategies and tools for working with young children who have experienced childhood trauma and/or abuse and provides the support that can be delivered to children in a way that respects their stage of cognitive development.

Foster Carer Family Training

In a situation where the foster child is likely to have experienced trauma and/or abuse, it’s important all members of the family are equipped to understand the impact of trauma, and are equipped with strategies to improve communication and support, and resolve any conflict. This training supports the whole family to identify and meet each other’s needs to ensure placements are as safe, beneficial and harmonious as possible for the whole family. The principles and benefits of this one-day training workshop are informed by our highly successful Kids Kamp programs.

SCHOOLS
Trauma-Informed Practice for Schools

Heal for Life has been working with severely traumatized children for over twenty years. Recent developments in neuroscience research have demonstrated that the impact of trauma on the developing brain is a primary cause of many learning difficulties and challenging behavioural problems in the classroom. In response to the increasing community concern over the incidence of bullying and self-harm among young people, Heal For Life now offers an opportunity for educators to develop practical skills, based on a trauma-informed practice approach for working with students of different age groups.

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We can help you discover the training that meets your needs, or tailor training to suit your  organisation.

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