Trauma Informed World

I am Dr Louise Hansen. I am an Academic, Psychologist and Human Rights Advocate. My vision is for a trauma informed world. This is a free award winning educational website on Trauma Informed Care for survival and wellbeing.

While each injustice differs, all stories share the same trauma: the negative operation of power. Let’s break the cycle of injustice and trauma together one day at a time. #YouBelong

The byproduct of clarity is peace. Joy is peace dancing. Trauma is disconnection. Empathy fuels connection. Knowledge is power:

“Love is the absence of judgment.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Hello trauma informed friends,

I am from Cairns, Queensland, Australia. I have 20 years Psychology experience. My passion is to help everyone experience safety, truth, freedom, health and wellbeing. I have taught Psychology to children at school and to adults at university. I share Trauma Informed Care openly so that we can turn this framework into a mindset for personal, social and political change.

Trauma and Addiction expert Dr Gabor Maté:

“Depression is rising. Youth suicide is rising. All is not well. So the question is can we be human beings in the midst of civilization? Because what we call civilization demands the denial of human needs.”

I have a lived experience of trauma: I have recovered from Psychosis twice. I share stories of my lived experience to help break the cycle of silence or judgment, blame, punishment, shame, stigma and to inspire recovery. I am passionate, pragmatic, optimistic and hopeful. #YouBelong

Training in the Philippines at the Kali 3D International Training Camp (2017) after my first episode of Psychosis (2012).

“Trash all your arrogance before training. A martial artist is to be gentle and caring.” – Abhijit Naskar

My approach

I share a body, mind, social connection, culture, country and spirituality framework of protectors for survival and wellbeing. I also share some trauma informed tools to help people establish a sense of safety and stabilisation, to enhance their perception of reality, and to learn to regulate their emotions.

Australian Geographic: Laura Dance Festival
Hopevale kids, Cape York, Australia.

“I am a child of the Dreamtime people, part of this land, like the gnarled Gumtree.” – Hyllus Maris

This results in a sense of stability, clarity, connection and belonging. Clarity means to see things clearly. The byproduct of clarity is peace. Joy is peace dancing (i.e. a higher intensity of arousal). This approach allows us to be more able to experience a sense of peace, joy, love and compassion. #YouBelong

Marcelo Alegre Rubic teaching free
Filipino Martial Arts, Las Piñas, Philippines.

“Your spirit is the true shield.” – Morihei Ueshiba

This work is based on Neuroplasticity, Client Centred Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Power Threat Meaning Framework, and the strength and wisdom of some of the oldest living cultures on this planet. The 21st century requires people like you and I breaking the cycle of injustice and trauma together: the negative operation of power.

In the 1970s gay activists protested against the belief that homosexuality was a disease. In 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). What does this have to do with Trauma Informed Care? This process was an important shift from division and pathology – “What causes homosexuality?” and “How can we treat it?” – to focusing instead on the health and mental health needs of LGBTQIA+ patient populations.

Human rights are vital for survival and wellbeing. I advocate for all human rights. This is outlined in the 2021 Human Rights Watch World Report. I would like the Australian Government to implement all recommendations for Australia and to partner with Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma for a trauma informed Australia.

Greta Thunberg, Climate- and Environmental Activist with Asperger’s:

“You promise to not let future generations down, while creating new loopholes, failing to connect the dots, building your so called “pledges” on the cheating tactics that got us into this mess in the first place.”
Malala Yousafzai, often referred to mononymously as Malala, is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate:

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human. The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of Education frightens them. Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapon.”

I have made short pieces related to trauma and Trauma Informed Care. They are listed in the Menu above. This includes five trauma informed tools numbered: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5. Let’s turn this framework into a mindset for personal, social and political change. If you are unable to, you might need help first, to get safe or become ‘unstuck’ from trauma. Reach out for trauma informed care. #YouBelong

It is time for a trauma informed world.

With love,

Dr Louise Hansen
PhD in Psychology
Human Rights Activist

#HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #YouBelong

“The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation from First Nations to all Australians to realise a better future. Learn more and help us educate other Australians.”

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
Dr Tracey Westerman awarded AM:

“I’m a proud Psychologist; but the Psychology profession must own the fact the entirety of its training is built on a foundation of cultural exclusion.”

Indigenous Child Removal: Fixing a Broken System:
“Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of support we received overnight! We’re able to fund one more Indigenous Psychology student for a full three year Psychology degree from just a 10 minute appearance on ABC #TheDrum.” – Dr Tracy Westerman AM

If you would like to donate, please visit:
Former Socceroo, Adjunct Professor, Human Rights Activist Craig Foster AM:

“Confronting racism is a profoundly positive act of citizenry.”

“You must resist attempts to convince you that torture and the breaking of humans is strong, and care and compassion is somehow weak when the exact opposite is evidently true. It takes strength to lift another person up, a community, to give something of what we have, to another. It takes real courage to speak out for a colleague or community when they’re in need. The terrible irony is, First Nations aside, we’re all ‘asylum seekers,’ aren’t we?”

Full speech below:

Australia and the World
Courage, Solidarity, Humanity and Leadership.
Or Refugee Torture, Human Rights Abuse, Xenophobia and Climate Inaction.
From Local to Global.
Annual Australian National University Address
National Press Club, Canberra.
Kon Karapanagiotidis AM. Lawyer, Founder and CEO of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre:

“Being fierce advocates is at the heart of what we do at the ASRC and now even that is under attack. We’ve joined forces with Hands Off Our Charities (HOOC) alliance made up of charity and civil society across the country to fight against the new regulations that could see charities deregistered for engaging in advocacy activities.”

Advocating for asylum-seekers: lessons from the pandemic:
Energy Transition Expert Simon Holmes à court:

“Australia’s political system is too broken to tackle climate change, and big polluters are determined to keep it that way. But we have a plan:”
My partner Marcelo Alegre Rubic who taught me do not let anyone control your life. #YouBelong

Trauma Informed World was inspired by Kopika and Tharnicaa; two faces that remind us everyday of Australia’s cruel refugee system. One of many systems in Australia that remind us of the negative operation of power. #HomeToBilo

Kopika (left) and Tharnicaa (right) were kept at Christmas Island Detention Centre for nearly two years despite trauma informed calls to return them to Biloela, Queensland. Tharnicaa has spent most of her life detained by the Australian Government and is still in community detention to this day. #YouBelong

***Since the creation of this website the Biloela family were released from detention, returned to Biloela and granted permanent protection in Australia. However, hundreds more people still remain stuck in a system that requires urgent reform.***

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New Kaldor Centre policy brief proposes reforms to Australia’s temporary protection system | Kaldor Centre:

This is a free award winning educational website on Trauma Informed Care for survival and wellbeing. There is a link to Australia’s National Helplines and Websites at the bottom of each page for mental health support. If you are in danger or an emergency phone: 000.

The GHP Mental Health Awards shine a light on the unsung heroes of the global Mental Health and Wellbeing sector. Dr Louise Hansen has been successful this year and has gone on to receive:

Most Dedicated Wellness & Social Change Website 2023 – Australia

You can listen my talk with Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, the President of Blue Knot Foundation on my own healing journey, training and study and how it has informed my work and advocacy for a trauma informed world here:

Trauma Informed World acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which this educational resource was inspired. I acknowledge and respect Elders past, present and emerging. I honour the continuation of educational, cultural and spiritual practices and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of people and relationships worldwide. This website contains images of deceased persons. There are also swear words in some of the songs presented that portray intense emotions. This website is not intended to trigger people who have experienced trauma. However, if you do find any of the content triggering, each page has a link to Australia’s National Helplines and Websites for immediate mental health support. These are my own personal views and comments and may not reflect the views of my employer.

Australia’s National Helplines and Websites:

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Cairns, Queensland 4869