Lunchtime Learning - Trauma-informed practice



This Lunchtime Learning Webinar: Trauma-informed practice with Debbie Watkin, Te Puaruruhau

took place on  Thursday 8 July 2021, 12pm - 1pm





Presenter: Debbie Watkin, Registered Psychologist Te Puaruruhau, Starship Health, ADHB

Trauma-informed practice

With the growing knowledge about neuroscience, epigenetics and how exposure to trauma impacts the brain and the body, changes are being made that inform both policy and clinical practice. We now recognise the impact that both adversity and kindness have on people’s lives. Relationships are the agents of change and it is our responsibility as practitioners to put this learning into practice, nurture workforce wellness and resilience-focused mindsets. It is safety first: Maslow before Bloom, Care before Content, Relationship before Rigor, Connection before Correction.

In this lunchtime learning you will have an opportunity to :

  • expand your knowledge on childhood trauma and the lingering legacy it leaves;
  • understand the progression from ACES to PACES;
  • appreciate the transmission of historical intergenerational trauma;
  • learn how trauma affects the brain and influences development, behaviour and learning, and of the survival strategies we adopt;
  • define and respond to behaviour from a trauma-informed lens;
  • learn the 7 R’s of trauma-informed care and how a ‘bottom-up approach’ is necessary; 
  • identify ways that enhance a clinician’s capacity to create a safe trauma-informed environment from which to intervene, support and care.

Presenter: Debbie Watkin - Registered Psychologist, Te Puaruruhau, Starship Health, ADHB

Debbie is a Registered Psychologist who works at Te Puaruruhau, Starship Health, ADHB; a specialist multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team working inthe area of trauma and child protection services.

She has a teaching background and trained at the University of Auckland and the University of Washington in Seattle where she graduated as an Educational Psychologist in 1993.
In almost 30 years of practice, Debbie has worked with the Ministry of Education, Oranga Tamariki and ADHB.  She has led multiple trainings for professionals, teachers and caregivers about understanding and caring for children affected by trauma; all of which have adopted a Trauma-Informed approach. She recognises that relationships matter and is proud to work within a team who adopt an ACES lens – recognising the impact of adversity, trauma, connection and kindness on both clients and colleagues alike.  


Werry Workforce Whāraurau is proud to be able to offer a series of monthly online trainings. These Lunchtime Learning events provide an opportunity for ongoing education and connection for the ICAMH, AOD, NGO and PHO sectors.

Future topics for 2021 include:

  • Working with whānau, Thursday 12 August 2021
  • Medical considerations with eating disorders, Thursday 9 September 2021
  • Impact and approaches to maternal addiction, Thursday 14 October 2021


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Please contact us if there is a specific topic you would like to hear more about or if you are able to offer a presentation at one of our Lunchtime Learning events. Email [email protected]

 Previous Lunchtime Learning recordings and presentations can be found here:

Thursday 8 July 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm