Trauma-informed Criminal Justice: Good practice or oxymoron? - Te Puna Haumaru Seminar Series

  • Wednesday 24 Apr 2024
  • 2pm - 3pm
  • Online
  • Free

You are invited to join us for the next seminar in the Te Puna Haumaru Seminar Series, entitled "Trauma-informed Criminal Justice: Good practice or oxymoron?" 

Dr Katherine McLachlan will present this seminar on Wednesday 24th April from 2-3pm online.

Trauma-informed care and practice was developed over 20 years ago and is emerging as a way of working for the police, in corrections and courts, and broader contexts such as health and education services. In this presentation, I use the SAMHSA (2014) trauma-informed framework of practice to explore the idea that justice outcomes might significantly improve if the criminal justice system was “trauma-informed”. In this presentation, trauma means the impact of adversity (i.e., potentially traumatic events and experiences) on an individual’s functioning and well-being.

This presentation draws from my upcoming book “Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice: Towards a More Compassionate Justice System” and my research on trauma-informed sentencing. I shall also present examples that demonstrate trauma-informed practice in policing, corrections, and courts.