This training was originally developed in 2019 for the United Nations. Naomi has updated and adapted it for Australia and the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are a counsellor, therapist, advocate, case manager, lawyer, team leader, HR personnel, colleague, friend, neighbour or family member – this training is designed to raise awareness about domestic abuse and how to offer trauma informed support. If you are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse, this training is also for you.
Family, domestic and intimate partner abuse is a national crisis of epidemic proportions. It cuts across socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. In short, any person can find themselves caught up in a violent or at-risk situation.
In decades past domestic abuse was considered a ‘private matter’. In 2015, the Victorian State Government held Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence and made 227 recommendations. In December 2018 the implementation of the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2018 made responding to family violence part of an employee and employer rights and responsibilities through the provision of a minimum of five days unpaid leave.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic thousands of adults and children are in heightened at-risk situations, trapped in their home for prolonged periods with less access to resources, support networks and at a time of greatly increased personal, economic and health stressors. 1800-Respect and Mensline Australia have reported a significant rise in calls to their servcies during April 2020 compared to the same time last year.
This training provides a foundation for understanding the complex interpersonal dynamics related to domestic abuse, how to make sense of what can seem confusing, contradictory and inconsistent behaviour by the victim of domestic abuse and how to support victims to make decsions in their own time and at their own pace.
Naomi trained as a social worker in the UK. Early in her career she worked with children in short stay emergency care, homeless youth, and convicted offenders in government and non-government organisations, providing advocacy, psychosocial education, recreational opportunities, skills training, supervision and counselling.
In 1987, Naomi went into partnership with Susan Henry at The Delphi Centre, now known as Delphi Training and Consulting where she developed expertise in therapy for adult sequelae of childhood relational trauma.
Naomi provides clinical consultation for complex post-traumatic stress, dissociative disorders and related impacts of childhood developmental trauma and abuse, for mental health professionals working with adult victim / survivors of intergenerational trauma, gender-based violence, and other trauma. She has a wealth of experience working with people across socioeconomic groups, faiths, and sexual orientation.
She is a consultant and trainer for law firms, supporting lawyers’ mental health and self-care. Since 2009, Naomi has been an external consultant to the United Nations developing and delivering a broad range of trauma informed programs to personnel in missions and duty stations around the world.
A skilled speaker and trainer, Naomi has presented training about complex and developmental trauma, vicarious trauma, resilience building and workplace wellbeing through Delphi and United Nations, in-person and online across all Australian States and Territories – Africa – Denmark – Germany – India – Italy – Lebanon – New Zealand – Romania – Thailand – United States.
A founding member of The Australian Association of Trauma and Dissociation Inc. in 1992 (amalgamated with the Australasian Association of Traumatic Stress Studies in 1996) Naomi served on the Executive Committee and Conference Committee from 1991 – 1996, and as Treasurer from 1992 – 1995.
She is a founding member and spokesperson for an action group for victims of white collar crime. An advocate for victims of deceptive and misleading financial advice, Naomi has provided submissions and testimony to senate committees and other inquiries and has been an invited speaker at financial industry forums regarding the impact of white collar crime, the changes needed in the industry and legislation. She has worked closely with parliamentarians across political parties and the media. She is frequently contacted for commentary.
Naomi is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. And co-author with Dr Colin A. Ross, (2009) Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity, Manitou Inc.
Photo Credit: Martin Mills
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