Trauma Support Training
Community workers are trained to become Trauma Support Workers to offer a first-hand response to traumatic incidents in the community. The training normally occurs over eight weeks (once per week) or an entire week. Trainees must be linked to an organisation. After the training, a Statement of Partnership is signed with the trainees and the organisation to formalise their trauma support work in the community. The training manual focuses on 6 modules:
MODULE A: VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA
This module focuses on the contested nature of violence. Various definitions of violence are discussed. Trauma is contextualised and the difference between a trauma and crisis is explained. The impact of violence and trauma on brain development is a key aspect facilitated in the module.
MODULE B: TRAUMA SUPPORT MODEL
In this module, the trauma support model which consists of psychological first aid, psychosocial education and assistance as well as victim empowerment is explained to the participants. The difference between trauma counselling and trauma support is discussed. International and regional conventions with respect to the rights of victims form a major part of the module. The Van Boven principles are discussed in detail.
MODULE C: TRAUMA RESPONSES
Participant focus on the various trauma responses which victims of violence and torture experience. The module places the trauma responses into categories. Case studies help the participant to identify trauma responses.
MODULE D: INTERVENTIONS
Various trauma support interventions are facilitated. Psychological first aid as a first response, home visits, information sessions and group support are interventions discussed in-depth. Safety protocols and ethics are also key focus aspects touched upon.
MODULE E: VICTIM EMPOWERMENT
The National Policy on Victim Empowerment is a critical focus area including the Victim’s Charter. The module pays attention to the legislative framework and discussed key laws that affect survivors of violence and torture. Different types of victimization are discussed in the module.
MODULE F: MANAGING TRAUMA SUPPORT
In this module, participants are supported in record management, opening client files, closing client files, completing incident notes and completing a traumatic incident database. Self-care is focused upon, particularly the ‘hurts of helping’. Supervision and debriefing are also discussed.
This 6-week course can be used for CPD points. It is costed at R1,200 per course. There is a discount of 50% for community–based organisations and groups of 10. Please complete the application for training.
Trainees receive mentorship and supervision after the training course.
Trauma Support Workers provide trauma-informed and focused mental health literacy. Topics focus on:
Trauma responses and its impact on post-traumatic growth
Positive, constructive coping mechanisms
Parenting healthy little minds
Self-care and relaxation techniques
All resources will be located here. It includes downloadable pamphlets, posters, research, annual reports, articles.