Trauma Responsive Care Workshop 1

  • Overview of research 
  • #1 Considered Approach– Consider the effects of trauma on the brain, body and nervous system. 
  • Quick overview of attachment theory and the developing brain
  • Nervous system states and reflecting on what nervous system state your workplace or organisation might be. 
  • #1 Considered approach: The importance of staged transitions, managing change, welcoming and exiting clients. Discussing how everyone plays a part in creating a trauma responsive culture including receptionist, admin staff, frontline staff, management etc.  
  • #2 Core Values: The foundation of a Trauma Responsive Culture, understanding the 5 Core Values of a Trauma Responsive organisation is
  • #3 Communicating Safety (The brainstem): 
  • The brainstem and neuroception of safety 
  • Why an environment of safety & trust is so important from a neurobiology perspective
  • Creating an environment of safety & trust 
  •  Being the secure base. How we can be that for our colleagues and for clients we interact with. Brainstorming what a ‘secure base’ organisation and workplace environment would look like. Learning about how every interaction is an intervention.

The presentation



  • Golding, K. S. (2008). Nurturing Attachments: Supporting Children who are Fostered or
  • Howe, D. (2005). Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention.


  • Andrea’s thesis: Relationships Matter? Multiple perspectives on children’s attachment experiences in group home settings.
  • Andrea’s Journal Article in Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work: Trauma responsive care model: An Aotearoa New Zealand research informed practice model for residential group homes
  • Terr, L. C. (2013). Treating Childhood Trauma. Child and Adolescence Psychiatric Clinic in North America, 22, 51-66.
  • The team as a secure base: Promoting resilience and competence in child and family social work
  • Brainwave Trust Aotearoa. (2012). I Can’t Think – How Abuse and Neglect Changes a Child.
    Retrieved from
  • Perry, B.D. (2001). Bonding and attachment in maltreated children. Retrieved from Child Trauma Academy
  • Cues and Strategies: What Does Fear Look Like and What Can We Do? by Mary-Catherine Bailey-McKenna, Calgary Board of Education
  • Childhood Trauma, The Neurobiology of Adaptation and the ‘use dependent’ development of the brain, how states become traits by Bruce D Perry, 1995
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