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August 2, 2022

Lightbulb moments, insights, clarity…

Lightbulb moments, insights, clarity…

These are just a few of the words that spring to mind when people ask me why I love teaching about Trauma Informed Practice. I get to deliver a powerful message, in a way that helps people to connect with the really important work they carry out in a way that is both meaningful and practical.

Three years on since I started my journey as Trauma Informed Practice trainer, I can honestly say it is one of the most rewarding roles I’ve ever undertaken. Each session is dynamic and diverse. Whether it’s social care workers, medical staff, early years providers or any other professional group, it’s a powerful learning journey for both participant and trainer! Yes, it can be challenging, but for anything to be truly game-changing (as many of our participants describe this training) we have to be willing to ask and answer the hard questions.

Being a TIP trainer is far more than just delivering interesting evidence-based content, which is a gift in itself. It is also about knowing that this message can bring about a sense of real change in social service provision.Making a tangible difference on the ground. A difference for people who need our services the most. For me, that is the ultimate reward.

Here is why some of our other TIP trainers love this training:

“When people start reflecting on their practice and get excited about bringing back their learning to their practice.I like the way the training is structured and brings people nearly through a journey to challenge themselves”.

“There is nothing more rewarding than when there are people in the group who are hearing about Trauma Informed Practice for the first time, and you can feel their sudden need to go off and scream about it from the rafters. I love to see people leaving the training with a fire ignited in their belly”.

“The sense of privilege that I am involved in delivering something as important and transformative as this content”.

“Having the opportunity to connect with such a variety of practitioners and to see the work that is happening for the most vulnerable in our communities is also rewarding”.

What does it take to be a good trainer in this model?

-       A capacity to excite and engage a classroom of experienced, critical professionals

-       A capacity to hold others to account in an open, caring, and helpful way

-       Capacity to empathise with people in a diversity of positions, ranging from those using services to those delivering and managing them

-       A commitment to social justice and equality

-       A nuanced understanding of oppression, power, and their implications for service provision

If this sounds like a good match for you, please get in touch!

Yvonne is the training manager with Trauma Informed Practice in Ireland. Her background is in social care. She has 12 years of front-line experience in a variety of community and voluntary settings, predominantly drug and alcohol services. Yvonne has recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in UCC in Trauma Informed Care. She believes strongly in the efficacy of this model, in supporting those who need our services the most to access them, as well as supporting service providers to become more proficient in self-management and self-care.
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