Sexual Trauma 1st Aid

This essential workshop focuses on empowering anyone with practical skills and evidence-based knowledge to respond to a disclosure in a trauma-informed ‘best-practice’ manner. We recommend running this session over four hours with a few short breaks.

Professional Development Outline:Keep calm, do not react, respond

  • SASS overview and support pathways

  • Awareness raising of information about sexual harm

  • Overview of trauma informed practice principles

  • Active consent

  • Neurological impact of trauma

  • Socio-cultural drivers of sexual harm

  • Responding to disclosures of sexual harm

  • Bystander behaviour and basic interventions for trauma symptoms

  • Self-care and managing vicarious trauma

Expected outcomes for participants:

  • Knowledge of supports available, referral pathways and reporting processes

  • Improved understanding of the impact of sexual harm

  • Knowledge of sexual harm risk factors

  • Ability to apply trauma informed practice principles

  • Improved capacity to respond to disclosures of sexual harm

  • Skills on how to support and advocate on behalf of those who have experienced sexual harm


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