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Being Trauma-Informed in Practice, 3 part workshop with Dr. Nicola Atwool

We are very excited to welcome back Dr. Nicola Atwool with her very popular 3-part online workshop series to help participants develop a strong trauma-informed practice.

This workshop will offer an overview of the knowledge needed to strengthen trauma-informed practice and consider the implications with different age groups including children, rangatahi, and adults. There is a strong focus on practice within the Aotearoa context including attention to the cultural dimension of trauma and trauma-informed practice.

It is designed for kaimahi across the social services sector working with individuals, families and whānau, who are either newer to the sector or trauma-informed practice training, and also those kaimahi who are wanting to deepen their learning around their trauma-informed practice.

The first two sessions will provide a combination of information sharing and small group activities to allow a focus on implications for participants’ own practice. The third session will take place 2 weeks after the first two sessions and will begin with feedback from participants about their experience of implementing trauma-informed practice. Challenges and barriers will be discussed and participants will have the opportunity to develop strategies to support implementation.


Part 1 - Thursday 10 October 2024 9am-1pm

  • Brief overview of trauma-informed practice
  • Knowledge base for trauma-informed practice
  • Skills to support trauma-informed practice
  • Practice implications when working with different age group

Part 2 - Friday 11 October 2024 9am-12pm (may finish earlier)

  • Self care
  • Trauma-informed organisations and systems

Part 1 and 2 will include a 15 minute wellbeing break.

Part 3 Follow-up session - Friday 25 October 2024 9am-10:30am

  • Challenges of implementing trauma-informed practice
  • Strategies to support implementation


Dr. Nicola Atwool is a former Associate Professor in the Social and Community Work Programme at the University of Otago.

Nicola has professional qualifications in social work and child psychotherapy. During her career she has worked for what is now Oranga Tamariki and as principal advisor for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

She completed a PhD in 2008 exploring the use of attachment assessments in decision-making for children in care.

Nicola sees the goal of her research as to influence policy and practice to improve outcomes for children and young people exposed to adversity. Her extensive practitioner experience enables her to bridge the worlds of academia, policy and practice.