Copy of Trauma Informed Practice - working with the effects of Trauma in the Justice System

City Law School and IfJ joint CPD Courses

Event details


21 Jan 2021
28 Jan 2021


21st Jan 2021, 9:30am - 3:00pm
28th Jan 2021, 9:30am - 3:00pm


Zoom Online Training
United Kingdom

Event Fees

For the two days £ 120.00

Booking info

Max participants: 22

Course facilitator(s): Catherine O'Neill, Dr Andrea Heverin, Dr Kevin Smith

Course requirements: IfJ Member

Who is this course for: The course is aimed at all intermediaries working with vulnerable people across the justice system.

This course will build understanding of the neuroscience of trauma and how this can impact upon people. Drawing from an understanding of the physiology of trauma, this course will explore how Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) can be used effectively. We aim to offer practical suggestions on how to apply this knowledge and how to work more effectively with traumatised individuals. Likewise, we will be considering how to protect from the insidious effects of secondary trauma.

Course dates and times:
21st January and 28th January
9.30am- 3pm
Registration from 9.30am  - Welcome and opportunity to chat /network with colleagues. 

Course aims / objectives:

Participants will:

1. Have an understanding of the different types of trauma and their impacts.
2. Appreciate the fundamental importance of safety for human beings.
3. Have an overview of human functioning in conditions of safety and threat.
4. Be able to describe the five Fs of human survival.
5. Understand dissociation as an essential human survival strategy. 6. Understand how complex trauma impacts upon long-term human functioning.
7. Understand how complex trauma specifically impacts upon communication.
8. Develop a basic understanding of the concept of mentalizing. 9. Understand the concept of the window of tolerance and its relationship to emotional regulation.
10. Understand the concept of the secure base, attachment theory, attunement and emotional regulation.
11. Understand the role of Registered Intermediaries in supporting emotional regulation to promote effective communication.
12. Develop an understanding of secondary (vicarious) trauma. 13. Appreciate the risks of working with traumatised individuals. 14. Develop an awareness of strategies to manage the impact of secondary trauma on selves.
15. Learn different practical approaches to supporting traumatised individuals.
16. Have an understanding of how visual material / props can assist in when working with traumatised people.

Course content:

Building on participants’ knowledge about Trauma Informed Practice, the course will: 

- Introduce key trauma theory, drawing on core texts (Herman, Van der Kolk, Porges, Perry)
- Examine the neuroscience of trauma and the long-term impact of trauma
- Explore the impact of trauma on communication
- Introduce key concepts: - dissociation - hyper-vigilance - window of tolerance - emotional regulation - secure base (attachment theory) - sensory integration-disintegration
- Use case studies from within the justice system to demonstrate these concepts
- Consider how trauma may manifest within the justice system
- Highlight the importance of safety and creating a safe environment
- Explore techniques for managing trauma
- Introduce the notion of secondary (vicarious trauma) and explore secondary trauma in context of the justice system using relevant evidence
- Explore self-care strategies to prevent and manage secondary trauma
- Consider the implications of working remotely with trauma
- Experiential activities will enable an understanding of the effect of trauma, using a variety of approaches to cater for different learning styles. 

Course method:

The course is run in the form of a small group training. The presenters will present information and will invite high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas.  Prepared slides / handouts guide the process rather than impart information.

The following materials are provided:

  • Timetable
  • Glossary of terms
  • Power point presentations
  • Guidance for further reading-Bibliography

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your booking 30 or more days before the course start date, you have the option of receiving a refund minus a charge of £50. If you wish to cancel with less than 30 days notice, the cancellation fee will be the total course fee. If you wish to cancel your booking please email: We will endeavour to respond to all cancellation requests within 2 working days. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as you used for the purchase and will be paid within 7 days of you informing us of the cancellation. If you are unable to attend the course you may substitute another delegate by giving IfJ 24 hours’ notice - please email Places are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. There is a minimum number of participants required to make the course viable. If the minimum number is not met, the course will be cancelled with a week’s notice and a full refund given.