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Conflict, Peace and Mental HealthAddressing the Consequences of Conflict and Trauma in Northern Ireland$
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David Bolton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090998

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090998.001.0001

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Trauma-focused skills training for practitioners

Trauma-focused skills training for practitioners

(p.138) 8 Trauma-focused skills training for practitioners
Conflict, Peace and Mental Health

David Bolton

Manchester University Press

This Chapter looks in detail at the development of a training and workforce development programme at the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation (NICTT), in Omagh. With particular reference to one of the courses developed at the Centre, the author concludes that more often than not, the pre-existing services, skills set and capabilities of a community will be insufficient to address the distinctive trauma-related needs that emerge during and following war and conflict. He argues that the trauma skills of pre-existing services should be enhanced by introducing additional and relevant theoretical and evidence-based approaches to understanding and addressing mental health needs. Where trauma exposure is a major concern, the development of trauma informed and trauma focused systems and services will be required. He argues for a unifying therapeutic literacy that connects all endeavours to address the mental health consequences of conflict. The role of service commissioners and funders (for example, the SEUPB) in building capacity in existing services, is discussed.

Keywords:   Omagh, NICTT, Training, Workforce, Trauma skills, Capability, Trauma informed, Trauma focused, SEUPB

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