Peter Miller

Peter Miller

Peter Miller is a Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at Deakin University. His research interests include: alcohol policy, violence, trauma-informed and shame sensitive practice

Location Geelong, Australia


  • I completely agree Tim. It's a major issue here in Australia too, and there's a lot of corporate/for profit trainers doing 'resilience training', which is very similar to the positive psychology movement; all of which have been found not to work in most populations. It's a challenging space where concepts in psychology are hijack by corporate or other...

  • Thanks Nadia, me too. I think it's so important. From simple language such as changing PTSD, to PTSI (injury), through to conversations with ourselves and people who we engage with that have trauma histories; it's a really nice shift in thinking for me.

  • welcome Sharna. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Hi Lisa, great to see you on the course. We're very keen to work with you and your department to figure how we can best assist in the incredibly important work that you do.

  • Welcome Meghan, I look forward to your thoughts and hope you find this useful.

  • Thanks Heather, absolutely. It is a core ingredient to being trauma-informed, but can take a lot of work to get there and maintain.

  • Thanks Martin, I think trust and legitimacy are big issues for policing and other government agencies around the world after events over the past 4 years. Hopefully, the work being done on trauma-informed and shame-competent policing will assist police officers and community members to re-engage.

  • Thanks Danny. I definitely found this helpful to work on - even in everyday conversations. It feels like an ongoing goal.

  • thanks Trevor. I think restorative principles are so useful.I find them incredibly helpful.

  • hi Alison. Thank you for this summary- I agree that so much of it boils down to greater awareness, information and ultimately curiosity once you can come from a calm space.

  • thanks Martin. Was this online or face-to-face? Always keen to learn of new resources that we might link too.

  • @KieraS - thanks from me too for all your terrific comments.

  • thanks Tim.

  • hi Margaret. Thank you very much for your kind words. We are glad that you found it helpful. Don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can do to improve the course.

  • Hi Maria, thank you very much for sharing your experiences and feelings. It can be difficult to do so, and many of us involved in the course have some lived experience and are keen to support you in your healing journey. We very much hope that you will be able to see that you are not alone, and that while sadness is a part of the journey, there can be healing....

  • hi Michael. What a fascinating set of roles you have; it sounds like there is a lot of different dynamics going on around trauma and shame (and no doubt neurodiversity as well). I hope you have found the content useful so far and look forward to engaging now that we are back at work.

  • Welcome Mahika, it is fantastic to see someone from the legal profession engaging. We are working with a number of exceptional lawyers around the world in related projects, but may not have any specific content for you. Let us know if you would like more information and we can point you to a range of resources and people who are trying to build trauma informed...

  • Hi Kellie,
    I hope you're finding it useful.

  • welcome Nicky. I hope you find our content useful. Certainly, your work in Asia and Africa sounds incredibly important and it may not be something we have covered in depth. We would welcome your suggestions around adding or refining content in this space.

  • Hi Jessica and thank you for the link. I agree completely regarding Shame and we are working with colleagues from the University of Exeter to try to develop a range of interventions and research to help us work much better in the space. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on our current content and ideas for ways to understand and improve how we engage...

  • welcome Anna, it's always great to hear from people who have a relationship with our university. Hope you find the training useful don't hesitate to contact us if there are ways in which we can improve around the complex issues of mental health first aid and suicide intervention; there are so many layers/types of trauma associated, for everyone involved.

  • hi Jess. It's great to have you on board and to learn about your organisation. Working with Young people can be so rewarding and yet so challenging and I hope you find this material helpful. Please do let us know how you go with the content and if there is a need for some specialist material on youth. we may not be able to incorporate it in this material is...

  • Hi Jo-Anne, for the work you do. This sounds like such important work and I hope that you have found some of our content helpful. It may be something that requires more in-depth and specialised training beyond our content, and I would certainly be interested in engaging with you about any gaps we might have at the awareness level, or thoughts for future...

  • welcome Catherine. I hope you have found material useful. Certainly, a lot of our content is inspired by some of the excellent work being conducted in Canada.

  • hi Daniel, welcome. I hope you found the course helpful. please don't hesitate to let me know if there is more relevant information we need to include. All of the issues you mention above are very important to us and we are keen to support the learning of the first responders in a number of forums. I note that you are doing your honours and hopefully that will...

  • hi Nicole, welcome to the course. it's great to see somebody interested in forensics psychology. It is an area where we need reflective and compassionate practitioners keen to learn. I hope this course content helps and don't hesitate to let us know there's more material you think we should be including.

  • Welcome Alan. thank you for all of the work you do in such a complex situation. We are very keen to build resources that are useful for policing and first responders and please give us any feedback that you think might help us improve the course.

  • hi Michael, welcome. Hope you find material useful. We are keen to hear how the content relates to your work and if there are aspects which might not be addressed.

  • hi Karlie, welcome. Having spent a lot of time around emergency departments working in relation to alcohol and violence, there is certainly a huge amount of need in that environment especially. You will do such an amazing job under incredibly pressured conditions in the complex workings of trauma and shame in the emergency department I somewhere we really need...

  • Welcome Angela, and Tracey. There's certainly a good body of evidence linking many illnesses to trauma, or related behaviours. You may find the evidence on Adverse Childhood Experiences especially useful. We look forward to engaging with you more throughout the course.

  • Welcome Pinar, and congratulations on becoming qualified. We hope you find this material helpful and look forward to engaging with you throughout the course.

  • thanks for the link Hannah. we discuss this in a fair amount of depth within the course and I think that our discussions are probably a bit more inclusive than the definition given by the NHS, but it does provide a useful starting point. I look forward to your thoughts when we cover the topic.

  • Hi Hannah and Elizabeth, feel free to reach out if there's any challenges.

  • Thanks Zoe, we are certainly developing better understandings of this and hopefully we can start to change these cycles over time.

  • Thanks Glen, that sounds like a great start. We're keen to learn more about what is happening in Corrections globally.

  • Hi Tim, yes - so many different factors; and a safe place is a crucial beginning.

  • Thanks Trevor. the 'hurt people hurt people' saying is a great reminder.

  • Thanks James - that's a really helpful comment.

  • I suspect that depends on your school. We've definitely had hugely varying experiences.

  • Thanks George, I think you framed it carefully and it's important to be curious about exploring the historical roots of inter-generational trauma. In the end, much of this comes down to personal interpretations, and I'm not sure on what indoctrination really represents and how much people's experiences and temperaments interact in this circumstance?

  • Thanks Brit, hopefully we can all have more conversations about this impact and continue to make change.

  • Sadly a common story.