Do you work with groups?

Do you know how to provide the best care if someone gets “triggered” or “flips out”?

Are you committed to high ethical standards in your work?

While it’s difficult to estimate exact figures, a large majority of the population have experienced a significant trauma of one kind or another in the course of their lives, and often more than one.

As a facilitator or presenter working with groups, you can therefore assume the majority of people in your groups have experienced trauma: so someone being “triggered” in your group is more a matter of WHEN, not IF.

For many people who’ve experienced trauma, group environments can be particularly challenging and make them more at risk of being triggered. And if the nature of your group/topic is at all taboo, sensitive, controversial, conflictual, or intended to take people out of their comfort zone, the risks of participants being triggered is higher again.

As facilitators and presenters, we have a duty of care to the people we work with to create and maintain safe-enough spaces. The best way to do this, is to be trauma-informed, and enact the principles and practices of trauma-informed facilitation in all aspects of your work.

“This workshop is essential for anyone who works in a facilitation, teaching or leadership role.

 

As a professional working in the not for profit, education and corporate space, this is the first training I found that directly addresses practical methods for creating safe, inclusive learning environments that are also fun and playful.

 

Liz practices what she preaches and the workshop itself is a living demonstration of how to work with the needs of the individuals in the room while also achieving objectives and engaging her audience. She is laid-back, creative, fun and professional. At all times I felt at ease while also being aware that I was learning from (and with) a highly skilled facilitator who has “done the work” and mastered her craft.

 

I left with a greater sense of confidence in my ability to hold space for a diverse audience. I understood the necessity of being trauma informed as I work. However, above all I learned that trauma informed facilitation can be fun, funny, weird and joyous – and that made me really happy.

 

I highly recommend Liz, the TIF workshop and her work in general.”

Stefan Bramble, Facilitator and Trainer, www.stefanbramble.com

WHAT'S IN THE TRAINING?

This training will help you develop the skills, knowledge and frameworks needed to create trauma-informed group spaces, and build your confidence to respond well when people get triggered.

We’ll cover:

  • What is trauma?
  • What is “triggering”? What causes it? How to notice it?
  • How to promote/advertise your group in a trauma-informed way
  • How to screen potential participants
  • How to structure safety in a group
  • Ethical facilitation and professional boundaries of competence
  • What to do when someone gets triggered
  • Follow-up and aftercare
  • Facilitator and presenter self-care, and business protection
  • Open floor discussion for the “what if…” and the “what could I have done when…”

 

NOTE: This training meets the criteria for Category A CPD points for PACFA members (6 hours of training).

“The trauma informed facilitation workshop helped me reach a new level of awareness around how to sensitively work with those who may be triggered by course content, in ways that are potentially transformative for all. Having a brave space to explore and speak about trauma, often a taboo subject in our wider society, was a liberating experience – particularly as someone with a lived-experience. Liz’s style is on-point, compassionate, and she turns what is usually a heavy subject into something that connects others through exploration.”

Morgan Lee Cataldo, Community Advocate & Lived-Experience practitioner.

There is an accompanying Facebook group, Trauma-Informed Facilitation, where you can join discussions before the workshop (and put in any requests for issues to be covered in the workshop), and where the conversations can continue after the workshop – it is open to anyone interested in the topic of trauma-informed facilitation, whether you attend this workshop or not.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The workshop is specifically for people who work with groups, in either a paid or volunteer capacity, and are committed to working ethically.

Whether you call yourself a facilitator, trainer, presenter, host, convenor, chairperson, educator, cat-herder, whatever! If you take some kind of leadership or guidance position with groups of people and have some implied duty of care for them, then this workshop is relevant to you.

If you run a business as a facilitator/trainer/presenter, the training may be tax deductible as professional development.

For PACFA members, this training meets the criteria for Category A CPD points (6 hours of training).

“Thank you so much for the workshop! I’ve just typed up my notes and reflecting on the new tools in my belt for working with my clients around sexuality and pleasure.

I really enjoyed your grounded casual approach, and how you modelled the tools and techniques on the group throughout the day – it humanised them and showed their efficacy. Thank you so much for your tools, they have given me more confidence to work in a delicate and important space, and I have already incorporated them in my most recent event.”

Euphemia Russell, Sexuality and Pleasure Educator,

www.iwishyouknew.net

THE TRAINER: LIZ SCARFE

I’ve been facilitating and training adults for almost 20 years, primarily in the social change, non-violent activism and community safety, and community development spaces.

As a process-oriented psychotherapist in private practice, I specialise in post-traumatic growth (helping people become more than before) and also provide education to non-therapists about how to work from a trauma-informed perspective.

I also work as a process-oriented coach with individuals, as a facilitator of groups and communities processing conflict and change, and provide individual case consultation for facilitators.

My qualifications include:

As a trainer I have a highly collaborative style – I know I’m not the only one in the room with knowledge and insight about the topic and while I’m there to share specific knowledge and skills, I’m equally interested in connecting with and weaving in what you already know too.

I’m also a faculty member of Australia New Zealand Process Oriented Psychology and the Processwork Institute of India.

WHERE AND WHEN

VENUE

Pulse

149 Glenlyon Rd Brunswick VIC, Brunswick

 

WHEN

Saturday 14th July, 2018.

Arrive between 9.30am and 9.50am, for a 10am start.

Due to the nature of the workshop, entering the workshop after 10am is not permitted, so please arrive with plenty of time to get settled, get a cuppa, use the toilet etc, so you are ready to start at 10am.

We finish at 5pm.

 

WHAT TO BRING

Please bring whatever makes you comfortable.

It’s a carpeted room and there will be chairs, floor cushions and in the space.

Bring a notepad and pen if you like to take notes (there will be some handouts).

There will be morning and afternoon tea with snacks provided (including vegan, low FODMAP, gluten-free).

There will be one hour for lunch: BYO lunch (there is a fridge and microwave at the venue) or there are cafes near the venue.

“I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes for a few years now, and have begun to bring more attention to the psycho-emotional changes that my work inevitably leads to, which is also a major part of my clinical work as a practitioner.

 

What I learned from the Trauma-Informed Facilitation workshop was that there was so much more I could do to help people with trauma not become ‘re-traumatised’. I realised part of my messaging and advertising was probably keeping these people away, when they were set up for them in the first place.

 

It also helped me understand more about the nature of trauma from a Western Psychotherapeutic perspective, which complemented my existing TCM understanding.

 

I though ti was run very well, and have used that as the model for how to make my own sessions ‘trauma-friendly’, with a lot more attention and detail paid to ensuring the space I set is as safe as it can be.

 

I’m hoping to be able to do more training in this field, as it is SO important. And Liz is definitely someone who is capable, knowledgeable, sensitive, and professional in this field.

 

I think this training is a must for ANYONE who runs workshops, classes, and experiential learning sessions.”

 

Peter Loupelis, www.peterloupelis.com

REGISTRATIONS

Registrations for this workshop close at the end of the day of Wednesday 11th July. No late registrations will be taken.

To register, complete the registration form below (please read the Safety and Wellbeing, and the Terms and Conditions sections carefully) and pay the $160 workshop fee via the Paypal button (you don’t need a Paypal account to use this).

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Liz either by phone in business hours, 0425 785 405, or email, liz@melbourneprocessworkcentre.org

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