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 2016 workshops.

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 an Blue Knot Foundation professional member to be eligible for this price. Click here to become a professional member.


“Very helpful workshop - prompted reflection on self, practice and work issues. Thanks for providing different tools and ideas to use with clients/ colleagues/ family and self.”


“The self-care discussion helps remind you to check in with yourself. A reminder that for us to help others, we must care for ourselves too.”

NANETTE Women's Cottage

“An exceptionally good workshop where the trainer clearly imparted their deep and thorough understanding." ”

Gwen Lavis Counsellor

“Self care strategies shared provide realistic ways to care for myself and to help others care for themself. ”

Anonymous, Narooma

“I found this training extremely enlightening and eye opening. Highly recommended! ”

Anonymous Lifeline

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.

Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious Trauma imageThis one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by diverse traumas.

It provides information about trauma, traumatic stress and ‘adaptive’ coping strategies people to introduce the concept of VT. Just as post-traumatic stress disorder can be perceived as a ‘normal’ reaction to an abnormal traumatic event/s, so vicarious trauma (VT) is seen as a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic stories and material. In fact, VT is an ‘occupational hazard’ for people working in the health and human service sectors where the prevalence of unresolved trauma/s is high.

By attending this training you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma and understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks. You will also explore the range of organisational, interpersonal and personal protective factors you can employ to minimise the risks of VT and embrace possibilities for post-traumatic growth and vicarious resilience.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its impacts, stress response, survivor coping strategies and possibilities for recovery
  • Define and delineate Vicarious Trauma (VT), its development, risk and protective factors, barriers to identifying it and distinguish VT from Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  • Evaluate the concepts of post traumatic growth and vicarious resilience
  • Analyse the role of organisations, quality supervision and self-care in VT risk and protection
  • Conduct a wellness assessment and take home tools to create a personal wellness plan

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?

Anyone in the workplace from diverse services and sectors including but not limited to health, community, legal, justice, mental health, AOD, domestic and family violence, child protection, emergency, disability, housing, settlement, and/or employment services.

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189 Queen Street 
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& Zaara Street 
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1/52 Jeffcott St
Wavell Heights

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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

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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