LinkLiving launches trauma training

LinkLiving aims to upskill workers with new trauma training programme 

LinkLiving, the Scottish charity who supports people affected by trauma and/or disadvantage as part of the Link group of companies, is rolling out their trauma skilled practice training to frontline workers across Scotland. This will enable them to realise, recognise, and to respond to people affected by trauma.  

The training programme has been introduced in recognition of the growing need for workers across social care and the third sector to be upskilled to respond to trauma. 

Link Group Director of Communities, Sarah Smith said: “LinkLiving has been working with people affected by trauma for many years.   

“Traumatic events can take many different forms and the impact can be significant.  As a nation, we are becoming increasingly aware that experiencing the impact of trauma is more common than previously understood.   

“As a workforce, we must respond by upskilling staff with the relevant knowledge and skills in relation to trauma.   

“To ensure we provide the best possible support we have developed a range of trauma informed training and invested in ensuring all of our colleagues are trauma informed.  

“Whilst we have been providing training for local organisations to become more trauma informed for over four years, we are now delighted to be able to more widely share this knowledge and experience with other organisations in Scotland, through the launch of our LinkLiving Skills Academy.” 

The LinkLiving Skills Academy course is suitable for any frontline staff who are working with people on a regular basis who may be affected by trauma.  

Trauma skilled practice training has been designed with the NES Transforming Psychological Trauma Framework, Level 2 ‘Trauma Skilled Practice’ in mind and enables frontline workers to gain knowledge and understanding of different kinds of trauma, the impact this can have on individuals, and the practical use of trauma-informed principles. 

100% of participants on previous courses either strongly agreed or agreed that the trauma training has provided them with the knowledge and skills to assist them in their role. 

Evelyn Lapsley, Senior Welfare Rights Officer at Link Housing Association, said the training was “Thought provoking, insightful, and an opportunity to properly stop and take notice of how you communicate.  

“This has changed the process I go through before contacting a client.” 

The course runs over four half day sessions and includes a wide variety of content, activities and group discussions.  Training is currently hosted online. 

The training can also be tailored to meet the needs of a specific organisation.   

Learn more and book training for yourself or your team at www.linkliving.org.uk/training or speak to the LinkLiving Skills Academy on 01324 466 860 or skillsacademy@linkliving.org.uk.