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Communities of Practice training: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practice

This workshop will offer an introduction to trauma informed practice and to the trauma informed practice framework, and will consider what a trauma informed approach means in service provision.

Who should attend?

This workshop forms part of the training and information strand of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) project, for anyone working or volunteering with adults in the community. 

It will be of interest to CoP members and others who work or volunteer with over-18s and who would like to understand more about how taking a trauma informed approach can help us better support people. 

This might include people working or volunteering in adult social care, voluntary and community groups supporting adults in any capacity, mental health services, housing services, refugee services, advice services, food provision and more. No prior knowledge of trauma informed practice is required.

If you are not currently a member of the Communities of Practice project and would like to join, please email us on or sign up on our website.


Services are finding themselves working with increasingly difficult challenges, highlighting the need to shift our approach from one of problematising the individual to one of removing barriers to inequity.

Focusing on the key components of culture change when seeking to create settings, services and systems that are trauma informed, Lisa Cherry from Trauma Informed Consultancy Services invites us to reflect on where we’ve been, where we need to be and how we can get there using current research, including her own, professional practice and personal experience.

Trainer profile

Lisa Cherry is the Director of Trauma Informed Consultancy Services Ltd. She is an author, researcher, and leading international trainer and consultant, specialising in assisting schools, services and systems to create change that supports working with the legacy of trauma. 

Lisa has been working in and around education and children’s services for over 30 years and combines academic knowledge and research with professional skills and personal experience.

Her MA research looked at the impact on education and employment for care experienced adults who experienced school exclusion as children in the 1970s and 1980s. Currently, Lisa is undertaking doctoral research at the University of Oxford in the Department of Education, asking the research question “How do care experienced adults who were also excluded from school make sense of belonging?”.

Lisa is the author of the hugely successful book ‘Conversations that make a difference for Children and Young People’ and ‘The Brightness of Stars’, the third edition of which was published in June 2022.


Monday 30th October 2023


1.00pm – 4.00 pm (3 hours). There will be a short break halfway through the session.

Cost and booking

This workshop is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list, please email

If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend, please let us know so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Course Venue

Westgate Collaboration Space, Oxfordshire County Library, Queen Street, Westgate, Oxford OX1 1DJ

Please note there is no parking at the venue. Blue badge parking is available at the Westgate Shopping Centre Car Park and on New Inn Hall Street.

Advice about travelling to Oxford by bus, cycle, car or train can be found on Oxford City Council’s website

Course details at a glance

Date: Monday 30th October  2023
Time: 1pm-4pm

This workshop is now fully booked.

Course venue

Westgate Collaboration Space, Oxfordshire County Library, Queen Street, Westgate, Oxford OX1 1DJ

There is good public transport to the centre of Oxford from across the county. Most bus stops are within a couple of minutes walk of the library. 

There is no parking provided at the venue. The nearest car park is at the Westgate Shopping Centre.

Enquiries contact

Communities of Practice Email or call us on 07821 663378.
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