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Trauma Informed Veteran Aware Training (TIVAT)

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Course Introduction

ACS February 17, 2022

Welcome to this e-Learning course on trauma informed, veteran aware care and support. Throughout this course we will explore the topics of trauma and the implications of trauma in the delivery of services. Trauma is more common than you might think, and many veterans, service personnel and family members are likely to have experienced trauma in one form or another throughout their lives. All service providers and care professionals are likely to come into contact with traumatised individuals from time to time, this course is designed to give you the tools to approach the subject of trauma sensitively and appropriately.

Video content provided throughout this course is aimed at individuals who work with or support armed forces personnel and veterans, and those delivering clinical services. It has been created by Solent NHS with help from a number of military support organisations and with key insights being provided by veterans.

A trauma informed approach to services is important for a number of reasons: We can recognise signs of trauma in individuals. When we recognise signs of trauma we can respond with empathy and we can avoid re-traumatising those seeking help.

This course is designed for anyone offering a public-facing service to veterans service personnel or family members and the majority of the modules could be applied to almost anyone. 

In this course you’ll learn how exposure to trauma affects us. You’ll learn how to detect signs of trauma and respond with sensitivity while preserving your own health and wellbeing. Here is a breakdown of what is covered: 

Lesson One: Introduction (you are here)

Lesson Two: What is Trauma?

Will explore the definition of trauma, the personal meanings that we attach to trauma, and why some types of trauma lead to diagnosis of PTSD. 

Lesson Three: The Impact of Trauma

We’ll explore the impact of trauma, how trauma affects our health and wellbeing, how childhood trauma impact us in later life and how trauma manifests itself in our behaviours. We’ll also explore how trauma impacts on wider society. 

Lesson Four: Trauma Informed Services

Why we need trauma-informed services. What are the characteristics of trauma-informed services? How can trauma-informed services be responsive to cultural and social factors?

Lesson Five: Working with People Affected by Trauma.

How trauma affects behaviour and how to address these behaviours with a trauma informed approach.

Lesson Six: Treating trauma in Individuals 

Will explore tools and techniques for treating trauma, how individuals can manage traumatic memories and how to build resilience when supporting individuals with their trauma. 

Lesson Seven: Summary

In less than 7 will summarise everything we’ve learnt so far about trauma and trauma informed services.

Lesson Eight: Working with Veterans

We’ll explore the different motivations people have for joining the armed forces and the differing experiences of Armed Forces personnel.

Lesson Nine: Armed Forces Culture

Will look at the culture of the armed forces of the armed forces and veteran communities and explore the implications of that culture for services supporting veterans.

Lesson Ten: 

What are the challenges faced by armed forces personnel and those transitioning back into civilian life and veterandom? We’ll explore this subject in the final lesson of this course.