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MHCC Learning and Development - Professional Development Series

In response to the recommendations outlined in MHCC's National TICP (Trauma Informed Care and Practice) Strategic Direction position paper, calling for systemic reform and the development of a strategy that embodies a shift in service delivery culture across mental health and human service sectors, workforce training and professional development was highlighted as key in supporting the TICP approach across service settings. MHCC Learning and Development offer three modules as part of their Professional Development Series concerning trauma and TICP.

Understanding and Responding to Trauma (Workers)

Introduction to Trauma: half day introduction

Trauma Informed Approaches to Aboriginal Wellbeing

For Professional Development Series and in-service training enquiries contact: or call 02 9555 8388


Trauma-informed Care and Practice in Homeless Services: towards a shift in service delivery culture

MHCC Presentation at the Future of Australian Housing Conference 2017, QLD
Corinne Henderson, Principal Advisor | Policy & Legislative Reform

Archived events & activities – catch up on past presentations


Trauma-Informed Care Workshop: Monday 12 Sep 2016 8:45AM–5:00PM: University of Melbourne
- Presented by Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (Dept. of Psychiatry) This workshop provided a framework for understanding, responding to and aiding recovery. Traumatic experiences are common and the effects can be profound. Trauma Informed Care helps to build a client's sense of safety, control and empowerment through strengths-based interventions that can be delivered by a range of professionals.

In this workshop, participants learned about and practice key aspects of Trauma Informed Care, including how to safely talk about trauma; simple strategies to teach your clients to help them deal with their distress; how to foster independence and recovery; and encouraging connection with others. They also learned how to apply these skills in their own work setting. A comprehensive guide with tools, handouts and other resources is provided.

MHPOD: Trauma and Mental Health: Principles of trauma informed care – Online learning resource available here.


Berry Street Conference – Being 'Trauma Informed'
Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick on October 21 – 23, 2015.
The full conference program can be accessed here

MHCC Presentation, Berry St Institute Conference, October 2015: Being Trauma –Informed, TICPOT A Trauma-Informed Care and Practice Organisational Toolkit: A Quality Improvement Change Resource

Webinar "Shame and Dissociation in Complex Trauma Disorders: Emerging Insights from the Empirical Literature"

The ISSTD Webinar presenter, Martin Dorahy, PhD, DClinPsych, is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has published in the areas of dissociative disorders and complex PTSD, addressing issues around their phenomenology, and cognitive and affective correlates. He is a fellow and board member of ISSTD, on the Research Advisor Panel of the Cannan Institute (Brisbane, Australia), and a member of the Newsletter editorial board of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.

Past webinars are recorded and are available $35 for ISSTD members and $55 for non-members. Click here for a full list of upcoming and recorded webinars

Other MHCC Presentations

The process of becoming trauma-informed is an evolutionary journey but a universal objective should be to establish a culture that will foster best practice, nurture flexibility and innovation in order to promote sustainability.

MHCC Presentation Legal Aid NSW: Mobile Lawyers Forum, September 2016:Pump up the volume”- Understanding trauma and its impact on clients

The impacts of trauma affect people across a multitude of domains. It is vital to be aware of and understand that traumatised people may experience considerable difficulty communicating; trusting; managing distress;  and living with a poor sense of self. MHCC asked attendees to focus on what happened to their clients rather than on what is ‘wrong with them’ (i.e. their diagnosis) and in looking through a trauma lens, to think about clients with their trauma sensitivity antennae positioned.

MHCC Presentation IOP, September 2015: Understanding trauma and its impacts on mental health and psychosocial outcomes.

MHCC presented a paper to psychiatric registrars on the impacts of trauma that often lead to complex trauma. The single most significant predictor that an individual will end up in the mental health system is a history of childhood trauma, and the more severe and prolonged the trauma, the more severe are the psychological and physical health consequences. Characteristically people who experience complex trauma present at a diversity of mental health and human services.

MHCC Presentation THeMHS August 2015: TICPOT- The Trauma-Informed Care and Practice Organisational Toolkit: A Quality Improvement Organisational Change Resource

MHCC presented a paper on TICPOT: A quality improvement organisational change resource which is one element of a broader national initiative promoting trauma informed care and practice across service systems and programs in Australia.

The development of TICPOT stems from recommendations proposed by the National TICP Advisory Group in its position paper: MHCC 2013, Trauma-Informed Care and Practice: towards a cultural shift in policy reform across mental health and human services in Australia – A National Strategic Direction.

TICPOT is a quality improvement resource designed to assist integration of TICP principles across every aspect of an organisation. It is targeted at a diversity of community managed mental health and human services, primary and public mental health and inpatient settings.

TICPOT packages available here



With funding from the Federal Department of Health, ASCA developed a series of short videos, one for each group of people who are affected by childhood trauma and abuse.

There are 5 videos in the series, one is for survivors and another is for family, friends, partners and loved ones of survivors. The other 3 videos are for people who work with survivors: one for health professionals, another for primary care practitioners and the third for 'Anyone in the workplace'. Given the prevalence of trauma and its effects, it is important for anyone working in any service setting, in any capacity, to be informed about trauma and how best to interact with people who may have experienced trauma, particularly the complex trauma related to trauma and abuse in childhood.

Mental Health Professional Network (MHPN) - 3 part webinar series delivered by MHPN and supported by ASCA.

Working therapeutically with complex trauma
Recognising, screening and assessing complex trauma
Recognising and responding to complex trauma

Blue Knot Foundation (previously known as Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA). In 2013 ASCA published their Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery. The guidelines are available as a FREE download from Blue Knot Foundation's website