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How can homelessness support programs respond to experiences of trauma?

Trauma informed care will be a topic of exploration at the National Homelessness Conference

23 July 2018

Trauma, both psychological and physical, underlies many people’s experiences of homelessness, and a traumatic event often precipitates a person becoming homeless. In addition, people who have been homeless can suffer trauma that reduces their ability to recover from their experience of homelessness.

How agencies working with people experiencing homelessness can create programs and practices that help people with trauma is explored in the 2018 National Homelessness Conference session, ‘Restoring sanctuary: Responding to experiences of trauma’.

Dr Evelyne Tadros, State Leader for Mission Australia NSW Metro, will facilitate the session panel as the panel members present ways of working with traumatised homeless people to lead to better, more supportive outcomes.

Cathy Humphrey, Sacred Heart Mission Chief Executive Officer, Sacred Heart Mission, and Professor Paul Flatau, University of Western Australia, will describe research findings that inform how Sacred Heart Mission incorporates a strong understanding of the impacts of trauma in its homelessness support strategies.

John Blewonski , CEO of Vincentcare, will highlight VincentCare’s Client Engagement Framework that ensures that staff and volunteers have the skills and experience to provide quality services with a compassionate approach while working to improve the lives of people who are suffering trauma, marginalised, sleeping rough or living in sub-standard housing.

Similarly, Kerri-Anne Williams, from the St Vincent de Paul Society, and Simon Benjamin, CEO of the Lighthouse Foundation, will reflect on the trauma informed care frameworks developed for and implemented by their support organisations.

The National Homelessness Conference, Ending Homelessness Together, will run from the 6 and 7 August 2018 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. For further information and to register, please visit the AHURI website.

The 2018 National Homelessness Conference is co-convened by AHURI and Homelessness Australia.