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4.2 Trauma Profiles

Last Modified: 04-May-2017 Review Date: 01-Jun-2019

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​​Trauma profiles have two primary purposes: firstly, to help residential care workers understand that the repetitive and difficult behaviour that children present reflects the child’s trauma history and the impact this trauma history has on how the child subsequently views themselves and others. Secondly, Trauma Profiles help guide residential care workers in responding therapeutically to the child, and to understand conflict cycles and trauma re-enactments.

Practice Requirements

  • ​Trauma Profiles must be developed within six to eight weeks of the placement by the psychologists with input from residential care workers, and discussed and reviewed at least once every three months, or more frequently as required. 
  • Residential care workers must use the Trauma Profile as a guide for responding therapeutically to the child – this includes non-judgementally accepting and coregulating the child, discussion with the child when they might be re-enacting a trauma script, and coaching the child on ways to avoid conflicts and trauma reenactments. ​​


  • Overview
  • Overview

    ​​If a child is only residing in the home for a short period of time or in an emergency, they do not require a Trauma Profile. ​


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