During a span of two weeks in November 2020, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Health Integration Team (ACE HIT) brought together over 700 attendees from across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) for a webinar series: Adversity, Trauma and Resilience.
The series featured 12 webinars which focused on the importance of trauma informed practice in a variety of settings such as social care, community support, education, police, commissioning, healthcare and local authorities. The topics covered included utilising life course data, workforce training, building resilience, working with compassion, empathy and fostering relationships, anti-racist practice, the importance of lived experience and vicarious trauma, driving culture change and system leadership, trauma responsive work in schools and in criminal justice.
The 26 speakers were from a range of organisations including University of West of England, Bristol University, Avon & Somerset Police, local councils from BNSSG, voluntary and community sector and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership.
“Sessions were delivered really well and engaging.”
“I found the series to be informative and interesting and
it gave me a chance to reflect on the different ways working with trauma can
impact me and some ideas of how to combat it in the future. I’ll be sharing the
information with my team and hopefully it will give us all a chance to talk
about the different methods of managing we each use.”
“I feel more galvanised to take this forward in my work
in a more conscious way and also to have an active discussion with my team and
manager about adopting the ACE principles for working with trauma.”
The ACE HIT will be reviewing the impact of this webinar series as the high level of interest and engagement has show there is an appetite to learn more about trauma informed practice across health, care, education and social systems.