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Trauma training event continues

Thursday, 9th January, 2020 9:06am

Several organisations will continue to learn about the impact trauma can have on people in a bid to make Cork a trauma sensitive city.

The training continues today, Thursday, having started yesterday with schools, youth services, homeless services, public services and family support services in Cork being offered free specialist training around the impact of trauma. The event is being run as part of efforts by the Lord Mayor of Cork to increase understanding of the impact of it.

It will look at how organisations recognise and respond to the widespread impact of trauma whilst proactively finding ways to avoid re-traumatising people through systems and practices.

Cork, as a city, has committed to making its systems and organisations becoming trauma aware, providing a scaffolding and a language for front line service providers and organisations to reflect, realign and continue to provide a high level of support.

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr John Sheehan said: “This training is providing an opportunity for over 350 frontline service providers and management to access specialised training free of charge to help them view trauma through a new lens. It will focus on trauma from a systemic and organisational perspective.”

Dr Karen Treisman who is hosting the event is a specialist clinical psychologist who has worked in the national health system and children’s services for several years. Dr Treisman has also worked in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. She has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, adversity and attachment and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children.

The Lord Mayor added: “As part of the city’s commitment to develop understanding around trauma, I am delighted to host Dr Karen Treisman for another day of training which will help us to become a more informed and responsive city in terms of responding to trauma. This work is being done in partnership with the HSE, CETB, UCC and Tusla.”

Dr Treisman also specialises in supporting organisations and systems to move towards being trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.

The steering group established to help Cork becoming a trauma sensitive city is being coordinated by Community, Culture and Placemaking Directorate at Cork City Council.

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