Trauma-informed practice: a paradigm shift in the education of mental health nurses
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Trauma-informed practice: a paradigm shift in the education of mental health nurses

Jennifer Young Teaching fellow, Nurse psychotherapist, University of Stirling, Behavioural Psychotherapy Service Trauma Clinic, NHS Forth Valley, Stirling, Scotland
James Taylor Senior lecturer, Academic and professional lead for mental health, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland
Brodie Paterson Clinical director, Calm Training, Menstrie, Scotland
Ivor Smith Teaching fellow, nurse therapist, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland
Sandy McComish Former senior teaching fellow, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland

Childhood trauma may have long-lasting effects on self-regulation, mood and behaviour and can increase the likelihood of developing adult mental and physical health conditions. Growing awareness of this has led to mental health services becoming necessarily more trauma informed. This is reflected in a paradigm shift in nursing education, which is moving from a diagnostic model of trauma care to a psychological, trauma-informed approach. The emphasis is on what has happened to the person instead of what is wrong with the person.

The University of Stirling developed a new undergraduate nursing curriculum based on the six principles of trauma- informed care published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This has led to the development of the (T)AASKED model, the aim of which is to equip nursing students with the skills and knowledge to work in a trauma-informed framework and to improve the experience of mental health service users.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1359

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Correspondence

jenniferyoung@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Young J, Taylor J, Paterson B et al (2019) Trauma-informed practice: a paradigm shift in the education of mental health nurses. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1359

Published online: 18 June 2019