Trauma informed practice – why it’s an essential understanding for everyone

A few years ago trauma or PTSD was a very rare condition limited to soldiers returning from war, members of religious cults, those who had been kept hostage etc. Few people outside the psychiatric professions had any knowledge of it, and indeed most of us didn’t come across anyone with this problem. however, recently that has begun to change.

A combination of poverty, destruction of our gut flora (which affects our brain function), societal breakdown and increasing stress have meant that more and more people are being diagnosed as suffering some form of PTSD. There is even a new definition of ‘complex PTSD’ which recognises the cumulative relational nature of trauma.

in response to the idea that trauma can be an everyday occurrence, I wrote my book The Scar that won’t heal’ in 2015. But now I recognise that we need more professionals who have this understanding that the body holds onto trauma causing all sorts of symptoms. In collaboration with Chrysalis Effect Health (pioneers in CFS/ME recovery), I produced a webinar series of 4 Modules on Adverse Childhood Events and Trauma informed Practice. This is for teachers, therapists, students, in fact ANYONE who works with people who have or might have trauma symptoms. I urge you to sign up now for the FIRST RUN of this ground-breaking course starting 16th January 2019.