Workshop Details

Day One: 9:00am to 4:30pm
(Registration from 8:45am)

Day Two: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Early Bird* Regular - $523
Regular - $615

Early Bird* Group (3+) - $497
Regular Group (3+) - $584

Early Bird Professional** - $470
Professional Member** - $554

Early Bird* Student - $418
Student - $492

*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.


“Extremely well presented. Covered salient points in trauma work. Very credible presenter, obviously knows the subject matter well, is clear, informative, and was careful to ensure participant's expectations were met.”

E. HUTCHING Relationships Australia

“It was wonderful training given that all my questions and issues were addressed. It felt like 2 days of supervision.”

SYLVIA ACEVEDO Clinical and Private Practitioner

“I found the training very informative and a window to many therapies and skills to focus on in the future. The presenter was excellent and certainly demonstrated a well informed knowledge of various modalities and therapies.”


“The presenter did an excellent job! The information was interesting, profound and very relevant. The information was very clear, stimulating and I will find it very helpful when working with clients.”

WENDY METRA Counsellor/Psychotherapist

“Absolutely fantastic workshops! It was great to discuss, hear and walk away with real practical strategies and techniques to assist my clients in becoming more body aware. Excellent resources given.”


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.

Training not in your area?


A Three-Phased Approach - Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients

Three-phased imageThis two-day interactive professional development training presents the 3-phased approach for working therapeutically with complex trauma clients. 

Day 1 focuses on phase 1 safety and stabilisation emphasising the need for ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches to treatment, assessment and resource acquisition. Day 2 presents phase 2: processing the trauma focusing on an overview of memory, including traumatic memory and perception, and workshopping working within the ‘window of tolerance’ - tracking pacing & titrating. It also explores transference/countertransference, enactments and working with ‘difficult’ behaviours. 

Also on Day 2, phase 3: integration focuses on the neurobiology of integration, the development of mentalisation, dealing with cognitive distortions and the arena of freedom and liberation. The training promotes safety and the significance of phase 1 throughout all phases and the centrality of the therapeutic attachment alliance. 

The training is interactive and involves role plays, vignettes and case studies. Participants will acquire insights, tools and strategies that support safe therapeutic work, based on best practice principles, with clients who have complex trauma histories.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Delineate the three (3) phases of trauma treatment establishing the critical importance of phase 1, ‘setting the scene’ and conducting phase 1 assessment
  • Foster resource development across all 7 domains of self-care
  • Acquire knowledge and skills around components of phase 2 trauma work
  • Apply an understanding of traumatic memory and working within the window of tolerance to practice
  • Workshop skills for working with transference/countertransference, enactments and working with ‘difficult behaviours’ 
  • Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the components of integration (phase 3); mentalising, cognitive distortions/meaning making & the ability to experience pleasure

This workshop assumes good basic prior knowledge including an understanding of trauma-informed principles, the dynamics and the neuroscience of childhood trauma.

Material presented in the training will draw on research from Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and other relevant research.

Who should attend?

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


27 & 28 April
Mantra on Northbourne
84 Northbourne Avenue


18 & 19 May
The Portside Centre
Symantec House, Level 5, 207 Kent Street


1 & 2 June
Velg Training
1/52 Jeffcott Street
Wavell Heights


15 & 16 June
St Mark's College
46 Pennington Terrace
North Adelaide


21 & 22 Aug
Adina Apartment
189 Queen Street


14 & 15 Sept
Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel
9 Florey Blvd


16 & 17 Oct
The Portside Centre
Symantec House, Level 5, 207 Kent Street


16 & 17 Nov
Velg Training
1/52 Jeffcott Street
Wavell Heights


16 & 17 Nov
Adina Perth
33 Mounts Bay 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.”


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