How can Trauma Informed Practice guide our interventions now?

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How can Trauma Informed Practice guide our interventions through Covid-19 and lockdown? An event for Social Work Practitioners.

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We invite GAPS members and colleagues in our wider Social Work network to join this online session on Trauma Informed Practice delivered by Kati Taunt.

Trauma informed practice takes account of the ways in which brain’s survival system adapts in response to abuse and neglect, developing strategies that later become unhelpful and often self sabotaging. Survival behaviours in children impact whole systems, with parents, carers and teachers being triggered into their own survival roles.

Recognising the possible implications for service users of the threat of Covid-19 and resultant restrictions on movement and contact (which may be themselves traumatising), Kati will draw on Trauma Informed Practice to consider how Social Workers can respond to young people, foster carers and other adults presenting or encountering survival behaviours.

The session will be delivered over Zoom.

About Kati Taunt :

Kati is a registered social worker, systemic practitioner, cognitive behavioural therapist and EMDR practitioner with 25 years of experience working in residential childcare and specialist child and adolescent mental health services. She has always specialised in trauma and in working with children looked after. She is a licenced ARC (Attachment, Regulation and Competency) trainer, licenced by the Boston Trauma Centre. USA. Kati has been working to introduce trauma informed practice into schools, residential care, foster care, youth offending, adolescent psychiatric in patient services and CAMHS teams in a locations throughout the UK.

Kati delivers workshops on Working with the Impact of Trauma for GAPS, and was one of the keynote speakers at our 2019 National Conference.

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GAPS is a registered charity promoting relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. We receive an income from our ownership of the Journal of Social Work Practice which we use to fund activities for front-line social work practitioners and managers – such as one-day workshops and seminars, as well as our annual essay award for social work practitioners and students.  

In 1980s, a group of social workers interested in working with psychodynamic ideas established GAPS (Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy in Social Work) and the Journal of Social Work Practice. Since that time, GAPS has promoted the importance of relationship-based approaches in social work, and therapeutic, psychodynamic and systemic perspectives – perspectives that are central to the editorial policy of the Journal of Social Work Practice, which is owned by the GAPS membership.

Journal of Social Work Practice
This ISI ranked, refereed Journal publishes four issues each year and, as such, it is one of the few social work journals that is centrally concerned with promoting the importance of working therapeutically with the children and adults. The Journal has a wide international readership and editorial correspondents, and attracts regular contributions from abroad. Every issue includes papers that are drawn from a wide spectrum of therapeutic interest, including book reviews, commentaries and conceptual themes that explore psychodynamic and therapeutic ideas and ways of working. Also, the Journal regularly publishes special editions where the focus is on specific themes - such as the importance of relationship-based approaches; the importance and impact of defences in social work; work with children; work with adults; etc. The Journal is published and distributed by Taylor and Francis; members are sent four copies of the Journal a year, and can also access a range of other benefits and resources.

If you have a question or would like more information about GAPS or our events, please get in contact with the Project Co-ordinator, Hannah Pepper by email or by phone 07714 237107

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