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Workforce Development

The Pursuit of Excellent is dedicated to ensuring that practitioners who work directly with children and young people impacted by abuse and neglect are well-equipped to support them. The Pursuit of Excellence is working to implement high-quality and affordable professional development opportunities for practitioners to increase the skills of the workforce across the sector.

Dealing with Complex Trauma

The first priority focus area of the PERCAN workforce development stream is to enhance the ability of WA-based practitioners to provide therapeutic responses to children who have experienced abuse.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse previously found there was an urgent need to develop the evidence for therapeutic responses to complex trauma; a common and difficult to treat outcome of abuse-related trauma in childhood.

In response to this, the PERCAN is offering a suite of professional certificates, which develop the skills and knowledge of non-specialist professionals to better understand, assess and respond to childhood trauma.

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    Professional Certificate in Understanding Childhood Trauma

    This Certificate is designed to support non-specialist and early carer professionals currently working with children and young people impacted by abuse and neglect to develop a trauma-informed understanding of child abuse and neglect. The Professional Certificate in Understanding Childhood Trauma contains five topics which should take you up to 30 hours to complete. The Course is flexible and designed for you to work through the content at your own pace within a two-month period.

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    Professional Certificate in Assessing Childhood Trauma

    Following on from Understanding Childhood Trauma, this second Certificate is designed for non-specialist professionals to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment of children and young people who have experienced abuse and abuse-related trauma. The Professional Certificate in Assessing Childhood Trauma runs over a 12-week period and includes independent study and six two-hour interactive, online Community of Practice seminars.

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    Professional Certificate in Responding to Childhood Trauma

    This Professional Certificate is designed to enhance the skills of the existing workforce to provide therapeutic responses to children with abuse-related simple trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Professional Certificate in Responding to Childhood Trauma is run over 12 weeks, with both independent study and interactive, online Community of Practice seminars.

    More information coming soon.