Forum Discussion

'Sense of Safety' as a Map, a Journey and a Reason to Travel: Integrating Trauma Informed Assessment into Primary Care

Saturday, March 24
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon 10

The physiological and neurological impact of threatening experiences, including trauma and neglect, although well established, has not yet been integrated into clinical assessment in primary care. Current primary care assessment is limited by symptom-based diagnostic systems that often fragment care and ignore the sense-making voice of the patient, their agency, their sense of self, their subjective lived experience, and their context. This forum will discuss a new concept and approach that could help the clinician and the patient to collaborate, prioritise and organise a trauma-informed clinical encounter.


 This research used critical interpretive synthesis to generate a transdisciplinary concept of ‘Sense of Safety’ from the trauma, dissociation, stress, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, somatosensory, psychoneuroimmunology, and attention literature. Patient and professional understandings of the ‘sense of safety’ concept, as well as critique from international experts from a range of disciplines, were integrated into this proposed approach to assessment in primary care.


 This forum will present the current iteration of the ‘Sense of Safety’ concept, and its theoretical underpinnings. It will seek audience feedback on the emerging map of the whole person, the proposed collaborative journey of care, and the trauma informed reasoning behind noticing the metaneed of ‘Sense of Safety’ in primary care.  

Learning Objectives:

Johanna M. Lynch

PhD Candidate
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland

Johanna is a family physician and founding director of Integrate Place, a trauma informed primary care mental health education, research and advocacy service based in Brisbane, Australia. She is an Advance Queensland Scholar and PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Queensland. She has been a family physician for 20 years and psychotherapist for 10 years, focusing her care on adults who have survived childhood trauma and neglect. She has a special interest in integrating transdisciplinary knowledge around human distress and translating that into practical outcomes for patients and clinicians. Johanna’s teaching has included many community settings, medical student and family physician training. She Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GPs and the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine, is a member of the ISSTD and an advisor for Blue Knot foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Childhood Trauma).

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Johanna Lynch

Johanna M. Lynch

PhD Candidate
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland

Johanna is a family physician and founding director of Integrate Place, a trauma informed primary care mental health education, research and advocacy service based in Brisbane, Australia. She is an Advance Queensland Scholar and PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Queensland. She has been a family physician for 20 years and psychotherapist for 10 years, focusing her care on adults who have survived childhood trauma and neglect. She has a special interest in integrating transdisciplinary knowledge around human distress and translating that into practical outcomes for patients and clinicians. Johanna’s teaching has included many community settings, medical student and family physician training. She Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GPs and the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine, is a member of the ISSTD and an advisor for Blue Knot foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Childhood Trauma).

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Send Email for Johanna Lynch


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