ECAV’s Trauma Informed Training
ECAV has had a long history in delivering trauma informed training to assist workers to understand and respond effectively to the underlying trauma issues that victims experience. The central focus of ECAV training is to improve the emotional, social and physical wellbeing, and protection and safety for victims of interpersonal violence through holistic care that empowers victims to grow and heal, whilst reducing the shame and self-blame associated with their past and present traumas.
Understanding the current socio-political context is a critical ingredient in trauma informed work, as negative and dismissive attitudes about sexual and physical violence remain pervasive. Feminist influenced theories underpin all the work ECAV delivers. ECAV training provides a context for workers to reflect on their own attitudinal shifts that may be required to improve their practice and outcomes for victim/survivors.
Given the sensitive nature of ECAV training, setting up safety is a critical process allowing adequate time for reflection, debriefing and confidential disclosures. We recognise that interpersonal violence doesn’t discriminate and exists across all cultures, socioeconomic groups and professions. It is necessary that the facilitators have a combination of training and clinical experience so they can provide safe and supportive responses to individual workers and to the group as a whole, in order to maximise learning and personal growth.
ECAV’s Co-Facilitation Model
A co-facilitation model is commonly applied in ECAV’s classroom based programs, to maximise learning opportunities and to ensure emotional safety and wellbeing of participants. A combination of didactic, group and self-paced exercises are adopted, underpinned by adult learning principles, ensuring participants have the opportunity to integrate their learning into practice that fits with their role and agency context.
ECAV acknowledges the importance of the face to face learning environment in trauma informed training. Our evaluation results to date have shown positive learning experiences in the classroom and have strengthened our resolve to continue to deliver face-to-face training over a series of days, to facilitate attitudinal shifts, integration of skills, apply knowledge to practice and address safety issues. However, equally important are the work-based learning opportunities that assist workers to integrate their learning and practice skills while on the job. ECAV also offers online training programs, consultation, mentoring and supervision to support and complement effective trauma informed practice.
ECAV invites Expressions of Interests for contract trainers
ECAV management encourages skilled and passionate Violence, Abuse and Neglect clinicians, who are interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise through the delivery of ECAV training programs, to email their resume to WSLHD-ECAV@health.nsw.gov.au for consideration for contract training opportunities.
Workforce development philosophy & vision
ECAV is committed to providing NSW Health workers and their partner agencies with innovative and creative learning opportunities that build their capacity to respond and work effectively with children, young people, women and men who have experienced violence, abuse and neglect. The training is regarded as a learning experience where participants are provided with a sound, well researched framework, to critically evaluate a myriad of therapeutic models, interventions and tools. There is a danger in providing tools without a sound theoretical framework as workers may find themselves working outside of a victim focussed context. Our training encourages reflective practice, where personal values can be analysed in relation to professional practice.
ECAV strives to encourage workforces to embrace cultural competence and safety and consider the impact of white privilege on service delivery. This is achieved via a dedicated team of Aboriginal Trauma Informed trainers who educate non-Aboriginal workers on how to make their services more culturally competent and safe for Aboriginal people. In addition to this, ECAV offers a series of Cultural Equity programs that encourage workers to develop skills and knowledge in engaging and supporting people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in culturally appropriate and safe ways.
Our vision is that workers in this field are supported to deliver the full range of therapeutic clinical practice from individual counselling and family work to advocacy and case management. We hope that this work is underpinned by child focussed, victim centred and trauma informed approaches, with collaborative practice always being a key component.
ECAV management takes evaluation seriously as we rely on workers in the field to guide us in the development of pathways for future learning. We have put in place systems to monitor the learning needs of participants and to track improvements in building skills, knowledge and confidence in the work. As a part of this evaluation process your feedback is welcome, and we endeavour to use this to guide our curriculum development processes. Visit this link to submit your feedback or contact us directly on WSLHD-ECAV@health.nsw.gov.au.