Nicola’s practice is based on using a trauma informed framework as a way of structuring training and support programmes for organisations. A trauma informed approach recognises the widespread impact of psychological trauma, understanding what is needed to facilitate resilience and recovery.
Most importantly, a trauma informed approach is not about asking ‘what’s wrong with someone?’, nor is it simply about understanding ‘what’s happened to them?’, it is more than this; it is asking ‘what’s right with someone?’.
For organisations working with beneficiaries from a range of backgrounds and contexts (regardless of whether or not they are known to have experienced trauma), a trauma informed practice framework offers the following opportunities:
- Increased engagement
- Enhanced impact
- Strengthening of resilience
Importantly, such an approach also encourages attention to be paid to the psychological wellbeing of those staff delivering these programmes and to consider how their resilience and commitment can be sustained over the long-term.
Being trauma informed is made up of six key components:
- Establishing emotional safety
- Restoring choice and control
- Supporting coping
- Facilitating connections
- Responding to identity and context
- Building strengths
White Helmet Volunteers planting flowers to brighten the Syrian streets as part of their community engagement work.
Photograph reproduced with kind permission from the White Helmets.
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Nicola welcomes the opportunity to discuss psychological trauma consultancy, training, supervision and clinical support to organisations and individuals, both in the UK and internationally.