Free training

Dunedin Community House invites has arranged a couple of training sessions we feel are of benefit to tenants and users of the House. If you’d like to join us on the day please sign up below.

Dunedin Community House (DCH) has spaces available on a 2 two-hour training session we are running in September:

  • Sessions are free for all attendees
  • Spaces are limited, click on the buttons below to RSVP
  • Training sessions will be held in the Alexander McMillan Room, 1st floor, DCH.

The sessions are aimed at staff without specific training in supporting people in distress or trauma informed care such as reception or people who specialise in other areas.

Session 2: Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Date: Tuesday 10th September 2019
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Place: Alexander McMillan Room, 1st floor, Dunedin Community House

Facilitated by: Colette Ryan, Clinical Nurse Specialist Educator Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Emergency Psych Services (EPS) SDHB

This two-hour session will cover Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and Adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s)’: What does this mean?


  • Definitions of Trauma: What do we mean?
  • Positive; Tolerable & Toxic Stress – What is this and how does it impact on all of us?
  • Early brain development (particularly in the first three years of life) and how does this impact across the life trajectory?
  • Introduction to original ACE study and subsequent studies – what are the learnings for societies and how can we implement?
  • How are we doing in New Zealand? What are our statistics? What’s the prevalence for people accessing Mental Health and Addiction Services?
  • What does it mean to be trauma informed?
  • “What happened to you?” as opposed to  “What’s wrong with you?”. Understanding people in the context of their life and experience.
  • How we can all become trauma informed and contribute to a more positive future for all in society.  

Please RSVP by Friday 6th September 2019, 5pm by clicking on the button.

RSVP for Trauma Informed Care Session