Workshop Details

Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm
(Registration from 8:45am)
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Please note these prices are for training in 2016.

Early Bird* Regular - $261
Regular - $290

Early Bird* Group (3+) - $248
Regular Group (3+) - $276

Early Bird Professional** - $234
Professional Member** - $261

Early Bird* Student - $207
Student - $230

*The early bird price applies to all bookings for workshops made 8 weeks or more ahead of the training date.
**You must be logged in as a Blue Knot Foundation professional member to be eligible for this price. Click here to become a professional member.


“This rates amongst the best training I have received (and I am a trainer too)… Beautifully pitched and delivered. So interesting. So useful. And so respectful of people and their experiences.”

SUE FICK Relationships Australia

“Fantastic workshop, trainer excellent and made a 'heavy' topic very interesting. Able to ask questions comfortably. Feel more confident to deal with this cohort of clients now.”


“It was a great experience for me as I am in practice alone. The information on the day was succinct and so helpful, with the best part were the tools the facilitator discussed, which have been very useful.”


“This training has been recommended to me by others and was well worth attending. This training not only provides a theoretical understanding but also practical skills and knowledge that can be used in practice.”

ANONYMOUS Townsville

“The workshop [was] extremely informative and [I] could attend again. Am pleased to have been able to attend. Many, many thanks.”


CPD Information

Professionals may claim CPD hours / credits / points for their participation in Blue Knot Foundation training workshops as a self-directed learning activity.

Blue Knot Foundation helps you meet your reporting obligations by having clearly articulated learning outcomes attached to each workshop and issuing Certificates of Attendance to participants upon completion of the workshop. For more information please refer to your professional association or the AHPRA website.

Principles in Practice – Supporting Adult Survivors of Complex Trauma

Principles in Practice imageThis one day interactive professional development training shares insights and learnings from current research and clinical best practice, and provides participants with new skills to utilise in their work with adult survivors of complex trauma.

Complex trauma, by its very nature, is characterised by a range of ‘complexities’ and people affected are not a homogenous group. Many and varied factors influence the diverse impacts of complex trauma and the range of ways in which people cope and adapt.

By attending this training you’ll be better equipped with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to understand the dimensions, dynamics and stakes of complex trauma and to minimise the risk of re-traumatisation.  In turn, your clients are more likely to be engaged in a therapeutic relationship in which trust, safety, empowerment and hope enhance possibilities for recovery in your work together.

At the session’s completion participants will be better able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of prevalence, definitions, context, types of trauma and attachment dynamics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different impacts of trauma across realms of functioning, ‘adaptive’ coping strategies and implications for models of treatment, practice and systems of care
  • Demonstrate skills  of the principles of trauma informed care, recovery and the phases of treatment for complex trauma
  • Develop a plan, underpinned by the 5 principles of trauma informed care, for improved practice at the individual and organisational level  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ‘window of tolerance’ in terms of hyper-arousal and under-arousal and its relationship to re-traumatisation prevention
  • Demonstrate  understanding  of the implications for treatment in the potential for the  health professional to be seen as an ‘attachment figure’ 
  • Demonstrate skills of basic resource building to promote recovery and  minimise affect dysregulation and dissociation  

Material presented in the training will be comprehensive, and will draw on the research based on the Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery

Who should attend?

Psychologists, clinical psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, social workers, general practitioners, psychiatrists working in therapeutic contexts with adults survivors of complex trauma.

 CANBERRA 9 Nov Mercure Canberra
Cnr Ainslie & Limestone Avenues
 ADELAIDE 3 Feb St Marks College
46 Pennington Terrace
North Adelaide
 SYDNEY 23 March The Portside Centre
Symantec House, Level 5, 207 Kent Street
 MELBOURNE 8 May ibis Hotel and Apartments
15-21 Therry Street
 BRISBANE 19 May Velg Training
1/52 Jeffcott Street
Wavell Heights
 TAMWORTH 23 June Econo Lodge Tamworth
236 Goonoo Goonoo Road

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Health Direct



“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


Contact Us

Phone: 02 8920 3611
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

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Phone: 1300 657 380
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