In response to a large workforce development survey in 2018 that identified that 83% of Plymouth respondents saw trauma as a priority for their practice, the Trauma Informed Plymouth Network developed a L3 certificated Trauma Informed Practice course. Over 1,600 members of the Plymouth workforce have attended multi- and single agency courses since January 2020.

The Network has also developed reflective and psychoeducational workshops on vicarious and secondary trauma and adapted trauma informed practice webinars for primary healthcare professionals and businesses working in the private sector.

If you have experience of delivering education and training and would like to become a facilitator for the Trauma Informed Plymouth Network, please get in touch via our contact us form. 

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at staff who provide support services to children, young people, families and adults.

How much does it cost?

This course is free to all agencies and professionals working in Plymouth. For agencies outside of Plymouth or to book for your whole team, please contact us to discuss.  

Trauma Informed Practice

Our most popular course, this free, full day course counts as a L3 certificated safeguarding course and is kindly coordinated and evaluated by Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership.

The course explores: 

  • Definitions and prevalence of trauma including adverse childhood experiences
  • What a trauma informed approach is 
  • The signs and effects of trauma in individual people, families and communities. This includes the workforce within organisations that deliver services.
  • How we respond in a trauma-informed way introducing the values that underpin a trauma informed approach 
  • The importance of language in ensuring we are both trauma -informed and shame sensitive 
  • How to reduce trauma-related distress and resist re-traumatisation within our own practice and procedures.
  • How to promote resilience and recovery, not just in the people we seek to support but within ourselves and our colleagues. 

The Trauma Informed Practice course can be booked via the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership

The Trauma Informed Plymouth Network can also offer this course as a 3-hour online or face to face Trauma Informed Practice webinar which includes access to a 40-minute recorded webcast on Adverse Childhood Experiences and lots of additional resources. 

A condensed 60-minute Introduction to Trauma can be made available to some organisations. 

Contact us via email or our contact form to discuss your training needs.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

In 1998, Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda published a ground-breaking study that demonstrated a causal correlation between adversity in childhood and later physical and emotional health outcomes. 

The Trauma Informed Plymouth Network have recorded a 40-minute webcast highlighting the findings and inviting reflection on the research.

Trauma Informed Plymouth Network – Adverse Childhood Experiences

Please credit the Trauma Informed Plymouth Network if sharing with others. Resources produced and developed within the Network remain the intellectual property of the Trauma Informed Network CIC and should be properly referenced as belonging to the Network, or the specific named members who have developed the resources.

Secondary and Vicarious Trauma

In response to the pandemic, the Trauma Informed Plymouth Network developed a reflective session Same Storm Different Boats. This online session provides opportunities to consider the difference between burnout, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue and to consider the impact on the workforce of supporting those who have experienced or are experiencing trauma. 

In response to the tragic events in Keyham in August 2021, the Network offered an online reflective session Responding to Community Trauma which incorporates an introduction to how people might respond differently to trauma, ideas for supporting those affected by trauma, how to look after ourselves and each other as well as promoting local resources.

Please contact us via email or our contact form for more details. 

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at any worker who may need to explain brain and child development to families or others and support healthy development in children.

How much does it cost?

This course is free to all agencies and professionals.

Sharing the Brain Story

The Trauma Informed Plymouth Network proudly co-facilitate the NSPCC Sharing the Brain Story which provides a really accessible introduction to the science behind children’s brain development introducing 6 metaphors to explain brain architecture and concepts like toxic stress and resilience. The metaphors were originally developed in the US by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and the FrameWorks Institute.

These metaphors can be used to improve understanding of child development and give positive brain building experiences to children who have experienced trauma. Using these metaphors can boost our understanding of child development and increase support for ensuring children and young people have healthy development and grow up in supportive and loving families and communities.

How a child’s brain develops through early experiences

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative offer a free, in-depth course for anyone who wants to learn more about the science of brain development. 

  • Videos of more than 30 leading experts in neurobiology and mental health
  • Certification in Brain Story science
  • 19 modules self-paced

Please see their website for more information

Sharing the Brain Story is a free course that can be booked through Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership

Bystander Intervention

The Trauma Informed Plymouth Network proudly co-facilitate Bystander Intervention training.

Bystander Intervention is an approach that focuses on preventing sexual violence and harm to women and girls and supports the strengths we have in our communities to promote pro-social norms.

Nationally and internationally renowned trainer in Bystander Intervention Graham Goulden speaks here about our aspiration for creating active bystanders in Plymouth

Please email to register your interest in attending a course or bringing the course to your organisation.

Testimonials from Trauma Informed Practice Sessions

The additional pre-learning (for the trauma informed practice training) has been amazing – I am so impressed with the quality of the resources and the video/vimeos etc – which were really thought provoking and at times quite moving. They really helped put TI into more context and there was a fantastic mix of sources. 

I would recommend this (trauma informed practice) training to everyone. I have been working in mental health and public health for 15 years, this training added a deeper understanding of why some individuals struggle to gain the support they need, and I have never thought about the negative impact of shame on an individual.

It provided my practice with a different lens, as well as highlighting how I am already working in a trauma informed way by providing the terminology for what I do. Any person working with another no matter what age, (child or adult) would benefit from this training, as would have a better understanding of the resistance to engage, which often leads to individuals being deemed as hard to reach, rather than our lack of understanding.

It was very emotive. And it showed how simple this approach is. It’s not complicated. It’s kindness, compassion and thinking outside the box. It’s accessible to everyone!!

Join our movement for change

Our ambition is for Plymouth to be a trauma-informed city. Our independent network is open to anyone connected with Plymouth with a desire to learn about and promote trauma informed ways of being. You too can join our Network and help Plymouth become a safer and kinder place, where the impact of trauma and adversity is both recognised and responded to with sensitivity and compassion.