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Fostering Hope producing trauma awareness videos

Tasmanian organisation Fostering Hope has finished filming its new Training for Trauma videos which will be available for free in the coming months.

The free online self-paced trauma awareness training course features videos staring Dr Suse Chequer and Fostering Hope executive officer Mary Blake.

“We have finally been able to film our trauma awareness videos which will be going out to the community as a free resource for people working with children and young people,” Ms Blake said.

“We recognise that lots of programs in the community are run by volunteers and often those organisations don’t have a lot of funding to resource volunteers.

“We have a lot of children and young people interacting with those programs from all different backgrounds, so we want to offer a free resource to all those volunteers who are out there giving their time to the community, to have a greater understanding of how young people are connecting with their programs and be able to fill that role with compassion and care.”

The videos show how childhood trauma directly impacts the brain and features real stories to give viewers insight into how trauma effects children’s personalities and actions.

This program received funding from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF), which allowed Fostering Hope to partner with producer Dylan Hesp to create high quality videos.

“The TCF is so proud to support such a fantastic free resource,” TCF chair Sally Darke said.

“This training resource will lead to more children’s trauma to be understood and supported, leading to better opportunities for children, including in their education and learning.”

The online course will be available in the coming months through the Fostering Hope website.

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