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“A trauma-informed approach acknowledges violence and other abuses of power and control experienced by too many individuals with disabilities... It is not just a philosophy; trauma-informed thinking offers a practical and useful way to notice and shift our thinking so that we listen and respond in more helpful ways to each person seeking support.”

Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin p11

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.

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice: Working with People with a Disability

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This one- day interactive professional development training provides personnel working with people with a disability with the information and skills needed to better support clients with experiences of diverse traumas, past and present.

People living with a disability often access multiple services frequently over time, and many are institutionalised, at different times and/or experience/witness high levels of abuse, violence and other traumas.  The adoption of a trauma informed approach enables an effective and appropriate response to the ensuing compounding and collective repercussions on feelings of safety, accompanying distress, and ‘behaviours of concern.

This training promote fosters an understanding of ‘challenging’ emotions and levels of arousal, and their behavioural expression.  It prioritises ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’ clients, collaborative relationships, client and staff safety and of working from a strengths-based approach. It workshops trauma-informed principles using diverse case scenarios from the disability sector to explore strategies which foster safety, wellbeing, hope, choice and self-determination and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation. In so doing it provides participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace to enhance outcomes.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

  • Utilise knowledge of the types, prevalence and impacts of the trauma amongst people living with a disability to articulate the benefits of trauma-informed disability services
  • Analyse the stress response and survivor coping strategies to understand the challenges people with a trauma history (and who are living with a disability) experience in regulating their emotions and levels of arousal, including their behavioural expressions
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies which enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support trauma recovery for people living with a disability
  • Perform an individual/organisational practice audit
  • Acquire trauma-informed strategies to help support optimal arousal, emotional regulation and safety in your work with people with a disability who have experiences of 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

Who should attend?

All personnel working within disability specialist service or within generalist services to which people with disability present for support.