Workshop Details

Day One: 9:00am to 5:00pm
(Registration from 8:45am)

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

Early Bird* Regular - $518
Regular - $575

Early Bird* Group (3+) - $493
Regular Group (3+) - $547

Early Bird Professional** - $466
Professional Member** - $518

Early Bird* Student - $405
Student - $450

*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.

Working Therapeutically with People who have Complex Trauma Histories

Working Therapeutically imageThis two day interactive professional development training provides the knowledge and practice framework to enable practitioners to establish safe, supportive, therapeutic relationships with people affected by abuse, neglect and/or attachment trauma. Over the two days the research evidence and practice approaches most likely to contribute to your clients long term recovery will be explored, as well as opportunities provided to workshop these practice approaches using real life scenarios. 

Complex trauma is characterised by an array of adaptive responses to chronic and significant traumas of omission and commission. The collective evidence from neuroscientific advances, the voices of victims/survivors,  experienced clinicians and many service providers attest to the importance of a ‘lived experience’ understanding of the difficulties/symptoms/problems and adaptive coping strategies of people with complex trauma histories.

Conceptualising many presenting difficulties as adaptive responses or ‘normal responses to abnormal situations’ increases the empathy, understanding and insight needed to effectively work therapeutically with people.

This training builds understanding, knowledge and skills around the impacts of trauma on mind, body and emotions as well as to adaptive responses. It also integrates advances in neuroscience, lived experience and clinical wisdom to help build the capabilities of those attending to work compassionately and effectively with this client group. At the session’s completion participants will be better able to:

  • Define complex trauma: its prevalence, impacts and dynamics including protective and risk  factors and attachment traumas
  • Demonstrate knowledge of insights into the neuroscience of trauma and attachment
  • Work with dissociation and  an understanding of trauma and memory including   explicit, implicit and somatic memory
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the three phased trauma treatment framework
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Phase 1: utilising an enhanced understanding of assessment essentials, centrality of safety and awareness of body
  • Demonstrate knowledge  of Phase 2 Processing: working within therapeutic window and with transference, countertransference, enactments  and challenging presentations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Phase 3 Integration: including mentalising, mindfulness, and ability to experience pleasure.  

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


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“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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