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

City Law School and IfJ joint CPD Courses

Event details


17 Nov 2020 - 10:00 to 19 Nov 2020 - 13:00


Zoom Online Training
United Kingdom

Event Fees

For all 3 days £ 150.00

Booking info

Max participants: 20

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

Course requirements: IfJ Member

Who is this course for: The course is an introduction to working with trauma in the Justice System. It is aimed at a range of professionals: police, intermediaries, solicitors and barristers.

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:
17th, 18th and 19th November,
10am - 1pm,
Registration from 9.45am  - Welcome and opportunity to chat /network with colleagues. 

Event 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.

Event 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. 

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your booking 30 or more days before a course/assessment start date, you have the option of receiving a refund minus a charge of £100. If you wish to cancel with less than 30 days before the course/assessment start date, the cancellation fee will be the total course fee. If you wish to cancel your booking please do so in writing by emailing: They will endeavour to respond to all cancellation requests within 5 working days. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as you used for the purchase and will be paid within 14 days of you informing us of the cancellation, however, City and IfJ will not be liable for any travel, accommodation or any other costs as a result of any cancellation. If you are unable to attend the course you may substitute another delegate by giving City 24 hours’ notice - please email Please see City Terms and Conditions for full Terms and Conditions. (Section V1, 3.3-3.6 for the cancellation policy). Places are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. There is a minimum requirement of 12 participants. If the minimum number is not met, the course will be cancelled with a week’s notice and a full refund given.