Words Count: 1300 – 1500 words
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care Answers
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care Answers
You are provided with three case studies, Anh, Priscilla and Jane. For each case study, there are a series of questions which you need to answer. For these questions you are required to submit written answers to each question. Your total response should be approximately 1300 – 1500 words long.
You may work in groups to research and discuss answers, but each person is to hand in individual work. This means being careful not to write exactly the same answer as others in your group – the group helps you learn, but you need to put your answers in your own words.
You must address each question specifically, for e.g.
- Question 1 (write the question)
- Question 1 (your response)
You must use at least three (3) references/sources for this assignment. (Note: Wikipedia is not a valid source of information). Please also ensure that you reference your work.
Read the following three case studies and answer all of the questions for each of the case studies. Your response must be in a narrative report style format. You must write the question and then your response to each of the questions e.g.:
Question 1. There are a number of principles relating to trauma informed care; among them safety, collaboration and mutuality, trust, choice and empowerment.
Your response: ………
Case Study 1
Anh is a 22year old refugee from South East Asia; she arrived here 12 months ago with some, but not all of her family. Anh and her family lived in a Detention Centre for five years before arriving in Australia. Anh describes the Detention Centre as a “brutal and frightening place”. She and her younger sister lived constantly with the fear of sexual violence being perpetrated against them. They arrived in Australia with no possessions.
During her time in the Detention Centre Anh became very anxious. The processes to determine if Anh and her family could be resettled in Australia were long and the family lived constantly under a cloud of uncertainty about their future together. Anh and her family are being settled into the local community with the support of the community managed organisation you work for. Anh continues to experience severe anxiety; for the past six months Anh has been experiencing panic attacks worrying that she will be returned to the Detention Centre. Anh is your client.
Question 1: There are a number of principles relating to trauma informed care; among them safety, collaboration and mutuality, choice and empowerment.
Describe in your own words what strategies you need to implement to ensure your work with Anh is grounded in these principles.
Question 2: Over the next three months Anh engages well with you and she begins to tell you some of the experiences she had in the Detention Centre.
What are some of the important issues you need to consider when responding to Anh’s story?
Question 3: Having a strengths based approach to service delivery is an important aspect of community services work.
Explain how you will implement a strengths based approach to working with Anh.
Question 4: Imaginethat Anh’s disclosures of her experiences in the Detention Centre trigger memories of an unpleasant experience in your past.
Describe how you can implement personal and general self-care strategies to prevent re-traumatisation.
Question 5: Yesterday Anh expressed to you deep distress; her younger sister is not well and needs urgent surgery. Anh tells you she is very concerned about her sister; Anh has lost interest in the program, she feels numb; she is not sleeping well and has begun having vivid dreams about her time in the Detention Centre. Anh cannot make sense of the situation and feels at a loss
How will you respond to Anh and what might Anh be experiencing at this time?
Case Study 2
Priscilla is a Kamilaroi woman, aged she thinks in her early 60’s. Priscilla is unsure of her exact age or her date of birth. Priscilla was born into an Aboriginal Community in northern NSW; Priscilla estimates she lived there for the first five years of her life before being removed from her family in 1957 along with her three younger siblings. Priscilla and her siblings were sent to live in institutional orphanages a long way from their homeland. Priscilla is a member of the “Stolen Generation”. Priscilla describes her life in the institution as “horrible” she attended the local schools and was routinely subjected to racial abuse. Priscilla has a history of mental health issues and has had several admissions to mental health inpatient facilities. She has a lived experience of restraint and seclusion. Priscilla uses alcohol to “quieten the spirits”. Priscilla attends the community mental health rehabilitation centre where you work and tells you: “it’s no different to the institution” “too many rules”. “Too many people here telling me what to do”. “It should be changed, make it a friendlier place to be.” “How can I recover” she asks you.
Question 1: Describe two types of consumer feedback strategies you could implement to gain more detailed information from Priscilla about her concerns.
Question 2: Whatpersonalskills and qualities would you need to demonstrate when collecting the information from Priscilla. Name two possible changes which would improve service delivery.
Question 3: Who would you present the information to regarding feedback from consumers. Provide five change strategies that could be implemented in the workplace based around Priscilla’s comments to you
Question 4: From a strengths based perspective howcan you assist Priscilla to increase her coping strategies and help Priscilla on her recovery journey?
Question 5: Describe vicarious trauma; then name and discuss two professional and two organisational self-care strategies and the importance of their role in the workplace.
Question 6: Describe three (3) ways as a worker you could participate in policy development and service improvements linked to trauma informed practice and service delivery.
Case Study 3
Jane is a 30-year-old woman who has recently commenced a new relationship. This is the first time that she has been involved with a man since she separated from her husband two years ago. Jane was the victim of on-going physical, sexual and verbal abuse perpetrated by her husband during the course of their five-year marriage. Jane is now struggling to develop trust in her new partner even though she says that he treats her well.
Jane also reports having flashbacks of the violence she experienced and is struggling to manage her emotions. Jane is your client and her main goal is to have support and gain strategies to move forward.
Question 1:Provide three (3) examples of how you will develop a safe relationship with Jane and a safe environment that promote a sense of safety, trust, choice and control
Question 2:Consider how you will respond to disclosures of past and present trauma. What are three (3) qualities a worker should have to ensure they are coming from a place of trauma informed care.
Question 3:Identify and develop three (3) strategies to eliminate, minimise and/or manage potential triggers for Jane.
Question 4:Identify specialist trauma services (2 services) that you feel would be beneficial for Jane to access and provide relevant information to Jane for these services below. What legal and ethical considerations do you need to be aware of here as well.