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Introduction to Trauma-informed Practice and Self-care

Event Details
Date: 24 March 2021
Time: 1.30pm-3.00pm (AEDT)
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours

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Organiser: AASW


(03) 9320 1000


Social Workers are trained to work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society. This is nowhere more evident than with individuals, families and communities who have experienced complex trauma.

It is of paramount importance that Social Workers are fully aware of the potential impact of trauma, and particularly the long-term sequelae of complex trauma that may ensue for our clients and the impact on their well-being across the lifespan.

Who should attend?

Practitioners and students who wish to learn about the key principles of trauma-informed practice to enable a richer understanding of their clients experiencing complex trauma, utilising evidence-based strategies and guidelines to enhance client care and outcomes.

This webinar provides a solid and re-affirming emphasis on key Social Work principles and practice including: being client-centred; strengths-based; building strong relationships; awareness of secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and self-care; recognising potential service and system issues; and change advocacy.

The content of this webinar is based on State, National and International recognised and evidence-based theory and practice.

This 1.5 hour webinar will provide a brief overview of the key foundations for trauma-informed practice, including:

  • Being trauma aware
  • Building safety
  • Providing choice
  • Enhancing strengths and skills
  • Recognising traumatised unsafe systems
  • Acknowledging the vital importance of practitioner and student self-care and well-being.

Handouts and practical resources will be provided for all participants.

1.5 Hours CPD activity, Clinical and Mental Health credential appropriate.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to –

  • Identify the key foundations for trauma-informed practice
  • Learn about effective strategies to enhance their practice with clients experiencing complex trauma
  • Learn about effective strategies to enhance self-care when supporting clients with complex trauma
  • Gain a clear understanding of the benefits of taking a trauma-informed approach for both vulnerable individuals and families.



Meredith Waugh, B A (Hons Psych) B Soc Wk., MQPPA MAASW (Acc)

Meredith is a qualified Social Worker, Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 40 years of clinical and professional development & training experience, primarily in the child & youth mental health field.

Over the past 15 years she has been designing and delivering high quality training and resources for helping professionals and carers who are working with and caring for children and young people experiencing complex trauma.The core of her work has been about trauma-informed care and practice and sharing knowledge and skills in this area, often as part of new mental health staff orientation and induction programs,specialist workshops, and online training modules.

She is deeply interested in the well-being of helping professionals and carers who support the most disadvantaged and complex clients and families, and runs a part-time private practice offering supervision and professional development training in the Gold Coast area.

Location and date

24 March 2021
1.30pm-3.00pm (AEDT)

A recording of the webinar will be sent to registrants via email after the event and available to watch for 2 weeks.


Members $90 (incl GST)
New Graduates, Retired and Student Members $45 (incl GST)
Non-members $120 (incl GST)


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*Please note, registrations close 23 March 2021 at midnight.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers