Sam Wheeler

Sam works at Developing Health and Independence (DHI) in Bristol as the Peer Support and Workforce Development Team Leader. He has been co-delivering and co-designing the Trauma and Adversity Informed Care training sessions over the last few years. Sam oversees the Peer Support Service, where he strives to maintain a trauma-informed service. Sam has lived experience of using treatment services and is an advocate of the wide-ranging integration of Peer Support programmes.

Adversity and trauma-informed practice training for substance use treatment staff

The delivery of training regarding adversity and trauma informed approaches is an important aspect of developing trauma-informed substance use services. This training has been delivered to over 200 peers, volunteers and staff within the Bristol ROADS system since 2019. The training content was co-produced by people with lived experience alongside treatment staff. It is delivered as a collaboration between DHI’s Peer & Workforce Development team and the ROADS Clinical Psychologist. Pre and post training ratings of knowledge, competence and skills are taken.

Liz Gaskin

This presentation will describe the training content, summarise the evaluation so far and offer reflections on the experience of delivering the training.