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Trauma-informed Healthcare training (WAVE Trust)

30 March 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


WAVE Trust’s Trauma-informed Healthcare training covers the essentials of what trauma is and how it affects us, as well as practical tips on how you can put this knowledge to effect in a range of healthcare settings. This course will also cover the related sciences that help us understand how trauma affects us, such as early years brain development.

Our 2-hour session will cover:

  • Introductions to brain development, trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Attachment theory and how it relates to trauma
  • Experiences that can cause trauma
  • Immediate and long-term impact of trauma
  • How childhood experiences can affect adulthood outcomes
  • How trauma can affect a patient’s worldview and interactions with authority
  • What protective factors are and how they help us to build resilience
  • Principles and framework underpinning Trauma-informed Practice
  • Trauma-informed language, behaviour and reactions in service delivery
  • The importance of discussing adversities with patients and how to handle disclosure
  • Vicarious trauma and organisational care for staff
  • Successful examples of Trauma-informed Practice in healthcare


“As healthcare practitioners, we care for people day in, day out who have experienced distressing or disturbing events in their lives. It’s also likely that we as staff have experienced these situations too.

“An awareness of trauma and how to manage it can help us in providing care, aid recovery and identify ongoing support to help build resilience. We hope you’ll find these sessions valuable personally and professionally, and we’d value your feedback following them.’

Kath Evans, Director of Nursing (Children) & Clare Hughes, Associate Director of Safeguarding, Barts Health


WAVE Trust and trainers

WAVE Trust has over 25 years’ experience of working in the field of trauma, and has delivered training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Aidan Phillips has co-developed, delivered and evaluated many of WAVE’s training programmes, including overseeing recent large-scale training projects involving thousands of participants in Hampshire and Tower Hamlets. He was the principal researcher in our 3-year study of severe disadvantage which identified the key role of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and in a 2019-21 research project into good Trauma-informed Practice across health, education, housing and policing.

Isobel Dawson has a 1st Class Honours in Psychology and has worked with WAVE for 7+ years as a volunteer, employee or trustee. She is overseeing projects to assess and embed Trauma-informed Practice in Devon, Cornwall and Hampshire, and is experienced in training, research design and data collection, having produced an in-house evaluation of a primary child trauma prevention programme.