The 4 R's of Trauma

11:00am Wednesday, 22 September 2021
12:00pm Thursday, 23 September 2021

Join Ann Hamden from Talking Mental Health in this 2 part series on the 4 R's of Trauma - Understanding trauma and trauma-informed practice to better service your clients.

Experiences of trauma are common and international studies suggest that between half to two-thirds of young people will have been exposed to at least one traumatic event by the age of 16 years and 57-75% of Australians have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. An estimated 80% of young people in detention have experienced complex childhood trauma. Every organisation needs to be trauma-informed and there is growing evidence that educating staff can significantly improve outcomes for people who have experienced and are experiencing trauma.

Childhood trauma can cause several adverse outcomes on children’s development and later outcomes into adulthood, including poor physical health outcomes, impacted school performance, language abilities and delays, impaired social skills; increased likelihood of criminal offending, mental health problems such as eating disorders, substance misuse, depression, and suicide.

This 2 part workshop is an introduction to trauma-informed care. Focusing on improving participant's knowledge about the impacts of childhood trauma into adulthood, how we approach and communicate, and how we can prevent re-traumatisation. It is hoped this training will provide some perspective and insights into how some job seekers with previous or current trauma may require sensitivity around the communication and processes regarding employment.

Learning Objectives for the sessions

  • Improve or gain an understanding of complex trauma and trauma-informed practice
  • Learn about the impacts of trauma on the human brain and how it can influence memories, thoughts and behaviours
  • Discover how trauma impacts both mental and physical health throughout the lifespan
  • Recognising the 4 R’s- Realisation about trauma and how it can affect people and groups, Recognising the signs of trauma, having a system that can Respond to trauma, and Resisting re-traumatisation.


Part A:

Wednesday 22 September

11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST

Part B:

Thursday 23 September

11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST


Presenter: Ann Hamden

Ann has over 30 years’ experience in the Mental Health sector in various roles including Senior Manager, Senior Clinician and Educator. Ann is a credentialed Mental Health Nurse, with a Master of Nursing by research which was published in the IJMHN in 2008. Ann is a Master trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) and a Principal Master trainer for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. Ann runs her own mental health training business and is passionate about de-stigmatising mental illness. Ann believes education is crucial in reducing stigma and impacts of mental illness, trauma, substance misuse and suicide rates in our community.


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