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Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) has been funded by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) under the Substance Misuse Services Delivery Grants Fund (SMSDGF) to provide trauma informed care (TIC) training for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and other health/welfare workers.
Adopting a trauma informed approach to practice ensures that all consumers and their presentations are understood in the context of their life experiences and cultural backgrounds. These 1-day experiential workshops, held in 6 locations across Victoria, will equip workers with new skills and the confidence to work more effectively with people who present with trauma-related issues.
Donna Zander, a leading local expert on the neurobiology of trauma, trauma-based interventions and loss and grief will present this training. Donna will present alongside a trauma survivor who will "bring the pink elephant into the room", allowing workers to gain a unique insight into how trauma affects people, the interaction between trauma and substance use, and the clinical frameworks for practice.