Guidelines for responding to childhood trauma

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Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) today announces a global first with the launch of new guidelines in Australia for the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery.

Funded by Federal Government Department of Health and Ageing, the guidelines were created by ASCA, the key national organisation focussed on the needs of adult survivors of all forms of childhood trauma.

Professor Warwick Middleton, Psychiatrist and member of ASCA’s Advisory Panel stated: “Society has demonstrated an extreme reluctance to probe into how trauma and abuse fill our mental health units, our drug and alcohol detox services, our prisons and our medical wards. Most of our mental health patients are traumatised, many grievously so.”

The purpose of the guidelines is to inform health professionals, workers and organisations about new ways of responding to trauma, in clinical practice and in health and human service settings. The guidelines aim to influence, advise and educate on treatment of complex trauma and the implementation of trauma informed care and service.

Clinical guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma have not previously existed, and the new guidelines are the world’s first to collate the last 20 years of national and international research.

President of ASCA, Dr Cathy Kezelman, said: “These guidelines address a long outstanding gap in the knowledge and understanding of informed responsiveness to complex trauma and a trauma informed approach to care.

“These Practice Guidelines have received widespread national and international endorsement even prior to release. They will enable new possibilities for recovery for the estimated four to five million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma.”

Source: Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

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Date Created: October 10, 2012 Date Modified: October 16, 2012