Introduction to Sense of Safety

Explore the concept of Sense of Safety, an emphasis on a whole-person approach to care.  

This short, introductory session explores Sense of Safety, a concept developed by Dr. Johanna Lynch in collaboration with other leaders in the space of whole person care. It seeks to explain and embed the concept of Sense of Safety as a strengths-based, trauma-informed, and healing-oriented approach to health, learning, and public policy. 

Who is this for?

This session is designed for healthcare, education, and public policy practitioners who see, hear and care for people in our community.


  • This session includes an in depth look at the components that make up sense of safety; including strengths-based, trauma-informed and healing-oriented approach. 
  • Explore the whole person domains that contribute to a sense of safety. 
  • Discover the elements that form the complex whole. 
  • Uncover the processes important in healing that can reveal, protect and build a sense of safety in clients. 

Foundations of Sense of Safety for Practitioners: New Course Coming Soon! 

We are excited to announce a new course coming soon! Foundations of Sense of Safety for Practitioners is an extended course designed to explore the concept of Sense of Safety in greater detail. It will provide you with an insight into the history and theory of Sense of Safety and provide practical tools for practitioners to use in their practice.  

Who developed this session?

This session has been developed by Better Health Company’s health education team in collaboration with Dr. Johanna Lynch, a General Practitioner and leader in trauma-informed practice in primary care.

Dr Johanna Lynch MBBS PhD FRACGP FASPM Grad Cert (Grief and Loss) is a Senior Lecturer at the The University of Queensland and President of the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine. She spent the last 15 years of her 25-year GP career caring for adults who are survivors of childhood trauma and neglect. This practical clinical work of being with those in our community who are often marginalised, misunderstood, and categorised with multiple mental health diagnoses has led her to search for approaches to the whole person that are applicable across disciplines. As a clinician and a researcher, she has pioneered approaches that actively work against the fragmentation caused by trauma and neglect. She consults to the Local Link Collaborative connecting Brisbane South’s domestic and family violence services to primary care. She teaches and mentors multidisciplinary mental health clinicians and advocates for whole person approaches to distress in public policy. Her doctoral research on this subject is now a book: A whole person approach to wellbeing: Building Sense of Safety (2021) Routledge: London. 

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson