About Trauma Support SA
Trauma Support SA was an organization established to network with like minded individuals and organizations who want to provide an effective service of trauma support to victims suffering from traumatic stress. Most importantly though, TSSA exists as an online presence to EDUCATE, EQUIP & EMPOWER others to assist survivors.
Trauma Support SA is a registered NPC ( 2013 / 042781/08).
“Imagine, a victim being assisted by a well trained volunteer at a police station and then referred to a reputable healthcare professional.” Imagine police officers educated about the effects of their work and then being willing to ask for help.” “Imagine….a country recognizing that many of the problems they face are not only poverty and a lack of service delivery, but the effects of cumulative trauma from the past twenty five years.”
“I believe that with the right combination of people who are passionate, dedicated and well trained we can begin to achieve this, but only if we start somewhere. So I’m starting….wont you join me in helping to make this vision a reality?“
Foundational Principles of Care
A traumatic event has the potential ability to change the perspective of their world and begin a chain reaction of internal and relational responses that turn their world upside down. Psychosocial interventions from therapy to early interventions assist the survivor in making sense of the traumatic incident and releasing this truth. The following model emphasizes the importance of seamless integration and relationship between these different forms of interventions, and the value of each level.
About Philip Stoneman
Philip Stoneman was previously the Founding Director of the iThemba Rape and Trauma Support Centre. Philip was a Trauma Support trainer for the South African Institute for Traumatic Stress (SAITS) since 2008 and has facilitated a number of workshops for SAITS for the Gauteng Department of Health and Department of Community Safety in Trauma Support.