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Many clients entering the health service sectors, particularly the alcohol and other drug (AOD), mental health and family violence sectors, have a history of trauma, whether that be a past history of sexual or physical abuse or exposure to a traumatic event such as an accident. Often the symptoms they present with are a response to trauma as much as they are ‘problems’ in themselves.

Each stage of a client’s journey through an organisation offers an opportunity to contribute to his/her healing. However, services often feel ill-equipped to deal directly with trauma. There are a number of things that clinicians can do to enhance engagement with traumatised individuals and families, including:

  • creating safety
  • using existing ‘good practice’ knowledge and skills
  • building the therapeutic relationship
  • using a relational model
  • being collaborative and client led
  • employing a strengths-based model
  • psychoeducation
  • distress reduction and affect regulation
  • working with sub-groups within a family and co-therapy
  • including young people
  • supervision and self-care

For more about how to apply a trauma informed family sensitive lens in adult health services download a copy of our guidelines.

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