Talking about Trauma


Last Wednesday, 6 child protection counsellors from Integrated Violence Prevention & Response Services (IVPRS) came out to Koolyangarra Aboriginal Family Centre to run a “Talking about Trauma’ workshop for our local community.

The workshop instantly became a safe space to share experiences around trauma and discuss the impact of trauma on individuals and their families.

By the end of the workshop, it was evident that there is a significant need for easily accessible, long term, family-based therapy for those who have experienced physical/emotional abuse, neglect and/or domestic violence, and especially for those within the Aboriginal community who have lived through discrimination, genocide & loss of cultural identity endured across generations.

There is a need for more services like IVPRS to help break the cycle of trauma and create a better future for our children.

For more information about the Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS
you can contact 02 4734 2512.

For those who missed out on this workshop:

Trauma is “Serious damage, or serious threat, to our physical or mental wholeness.” 

Complex trauma occurs when “Parents or carers are not attuned, or are abusive, or scared, or scary.” 

Causes of complex Trauma
Disrupted attachment
Physical Abuse
Emotional Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Seeing, hearing or experiencing domestic/family violence
*Source:Talking About Trauma Slideshow -IVPRS – Springfield Cottage – presented at Koolyangarra Aboriginal Family Centre on 05/09/2017

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NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect) have some great resources that have information on how we can play our part in keeping our children safe.

Download NAPCAN resources below:
Parents – What you can do to protect and care for children and young people.
30 Ways to Boost a Childs Confidence.
Alternatives to Smacking.
Listening to Babies.
When a Child Feels Sad.
Use Words That Help Not Hurt.
Being a Dad.
Domestic Violence Hurts Children Too.
Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Abuse.

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