Workshop Details

Time: 10am to 4:00pm 
(Registration from 9:45am)

Cost: Free to attend
Through the generosity of our supporters in our 2015 end of financial year fundraising appeal, we have been able to deliver a total of 7 survivor workshops over 12 months across Australia. Blue Knot Foundation hopes to raise more funds to continue to provide these much needed workshops.

Testimonials

“The format was incredible and really insightful. The 2 women presenting were fantastic. There was nothing I could fault. 2 months down the track and I feel incredible and wanted to thank ASCA as I am in a much better place.”

LILY Melbourne

“I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. I was worried that it could be quite personal and challenging and was relieved that the environment was so safe and informative and positive, Thank you so much for a very meaningful day.”

ANONYMOUS Sydney

“Attending the ASCA Survivors Workshop was a light bulb moment for me. Haven't looked back since. Since then I have been working hard to make up for what I missed out on and I'm enjoying every minute of it!”

STEPHANIE

“I have found this workshop very educational and empowering, enabling a contemplation towards recovery, and some great resources, speakers were very knowledgeable and empathetic and caring.”

ANONYMOUS Sydney

“The great care taken to nurture participants and promote safety and inclusion, the respect and awareness of the facilitator combined to create a therapeutic and educational space was very beneficial. It was very well done.”

ANONYMOUS Coffs Harbour

Blue Knot Foundation’s Educational Workshop for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma and Abuse 

This full-day educational workshop provides a safe space for people, who have experienced abuse or trauma in childhood, to learn more about what that experience means and how it may have affected them and now. It will raise awareness about survivors’ strengths and resilience, the role of coping strategies, how the brain responds to stress, and most importantly research which shows that recovery is possible. Participants will gain information which may help them build on their strengths, understand their reactions and ways of coping and identify strategies for positive change. Participants will also receive information about finding and engaging good support, accessing helpful resources and self-care strategies. 

By attending this workshop participants will: 

  • Understand childhood trauma and abuse, how common it is and how it often relates to current challenges with relationships, self-esteem, health, wellbeing and other life issues
  • Learn about their strengths, the ways they coped in childhood, are coping now and explore possible changes in the future 
  • Understand more about the brain, the biology of stress, and triggers with tips on how to recognise and manage them better 
  • Explore strategies to help manage their emotions and levels of arousal
  • Learn where to go to find help, how to care for themselves, interact in healthy ways with loved ones and others, and explore possibilities for recovery 

This workshop is educational rather than therapy; it focuses on safety, self-care and support. While there is some group discussion during the workshop, there is no obligation to speak and participants are not encouraged to share their stories. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page to view some commonly asked questions regarding this workshop.

All training and education is grounded in the latest research presented in Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery

Who should attend?

Adult survivors (over 16 years of age) who have experienced any form of childhood trauma and/or abuse. This includes emotional, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, growing up with domestic violence, with a parent with a mental illness, who was suicidal, abused substances and/or was imprisoned or with other forms of separation e.g. divorce, grief and loss.