Can training improve the confidence and skills of inpatient staff working with Complex Trauma?

Paula Robinson, Chris Gilmore, Emma Griffith

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Objective: Studies show that experiences of repeated or complex trauma are very common in patients with severe mental health problems. Unfortunately, many professionals do not routinely ask about abuse, due to concerns about how to ask and respond. This project sought to identify the needs of inpatient staff and developed a tailor-made training package. Method: A training program was developed from focus-group discussion and delivered to the team. Questionnaires were administered pre-, post-training and at three-month follow-up, to assess changes in knowledge, confidence and worries in the assessment and treatment of complex trauma. Results: There was an increase in self-reported staff confidence (p = .001) and knowledge (p = .028) about working with complex trauma and their worries decreased (p = .026) between pre- and post-training. Conclusions: In order to sustain the benefits of training for longer, recommendations were made to the service for on-going training, supervision and evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-123
Number of pages11
JournalMental Health Review Journal
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Apr 2019

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Can training improve the confidence and skills of inpatient staff working with Complex Trauma? / Robinson, Paula; Gilmore, Chris; Griffith, Emma.

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