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In 2019 Better Chances Forum (BCF) began exploring opportunities to enhance and strengthen trauma responsive support in Northern NSW.

Despite commitment to trauma-informed service delivery across the sector and opportunities for trauma-informed practice training, professionals who work in the sector continue to tell us that they often struggle to deliver genuinely trauma-informed care and support in their day-to-day work. So, we asked 90 workers and managers from 33 organisations what they need to be more responsive to trauma.

Organisations that implement a trauma informed system see lower staff turn-over, better outcomes for clients and a stronger bottom line. We may be at different stages responding to this challenge. What’s holding your organisation back? If you could do one thing to strengthen trauma responsive support, what would it be?

This free online workshop is an opportunity for executives and board members from early intervention and other services in Northern NSW to:

  • learn what workers and managers in our region have identified is needed to strengthen trauma responsive support
  • connect with executive and board colleagues across the sector to discuss how our organisations and systems are rising to this challenge and what more we can do
  • inform ongoing sector development activities geared to building trauma responsive practice, organisations and systems. 

Anthony Shannon, Director Early Intervention, Volunteering and Youth, NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) will deliver a short presentation on trauma-informed practice in the context of the Targeted Earlier Intervention program and scope for reform to strengthen trauma responsive support at system-level.

This will also be an opportunity for DCJ representatives to hear from executives and boards about the support you need around this in your organisations and programs.

This Better Chances Forum workshop will be facilitated by:

  • Dr Carlie Atkinson, CEO, We Al-li
  • Ian O’Reilly, Convenor Better Chances Forum, Social Futures
  • Julie Hourigan-Ruse, CEO Family Services NSW (FAMS)

10 am to 12 noon,  Wednesday 26 May 2021, Via Zoom

RSVP by 21 May 2021. Click here to register.

A more detailed workshop program will be released to attendees prior to the event. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information please contact [email protected] or call 0438 005 798.