30 July 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Australia/Hobart
Child Safety Webinar: Impacts of childhood trauma, including abuse and its manifestations
In this webinar, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM will discuss the types, prevalence and impacts of childhood trauma and the need for comprehensive implementation trauma-informed practice, with a particular focus on organisations which engage with vulnerable children or adult survivors.
Childhood trauma in all its forms has a devastating impact on children and young people, with potential life-long effects on their health and well-being. This means that prevention and early intervention is crucial to safeguarding their futures and creating child safe communities. So too is responding to victims and their families in ways which are sensitive, respectful and minimise the risk of re-traumatising them.
It’s critical that staff and volunteers who engage with children and their families, particularly groups at a higher risk of abuse, and people who have experienced trauma, across the life cycle, know how to identify and respond to everyone who is impacted by trauma and in a trauma-informed way.
Who should attend?
This webinar is designed for professionals who work or engage with children and/or young people, particularly those at a higher risk of abuse, such as from a CALD or indigenous background, or living with a disability, as well as those impacted by diverse traumas. This includes a range of sectors, including but not limited to community services, education, health, retail, not-for-profit, sports and other industries.
- Understand the types, prevalence, impacts and coping strategies regarding childhood trauma, including abuse, and the ways in which trauma can manifest
- Understand how a trauma-informed approach can be applied to your work with children and young people and to survivors of childhood trauma across the life cycle
- Learn what you can do to identify and respond to presentations of complex trauma, including working with what are seen as ‘challenging behaviours’
About the speaker
Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is the President of Blue Knot Foundation – National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. She is a current member of the NSW Child Safety Standing Committee for Survivor and Faith Groups. Dr Kezelman is a mental health consumer advocate and a medical practitioner with over 20 years of experience.
Under her stewardship Blue Knot Foundation has grown from a peer support organisation to a national centre of excellence combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political trauma-informed change and informed responsiveness to complex trauma.
On Australia Day 2015, Cathy was awarded an AM “for significant service to community health as a supporter and advocate for survivors of child abuse”.