If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEDT
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au

 

Do you live with disability?  Have you experienced abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation?

For support for Disability Royal Commission or general support contact our National Counselling & Referral Service

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEDT Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEDT Sat, Sun & public holidays


Workshop Details

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

Cost: Free to attend

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.”

ANONYMOUS 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

Educational Workshop for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma and Abuse 

 

Blue Knot are providing an update on the current situation for Blue Knot in relation to the Coronavirus. As we know things are changing each day and we are trying to make considered decisions throughout these uncertain times.

Here at Blue Knot we take your safety and the safety of our facilitators seriously and therefore we have decided that we will be rescheduling all future events up until the end of May. We will continue to monitor the progress of this situation and keep in contact with you about your booked workshop. Given the unpredictable nature of the situation we are unable to book in new dates at this stage but will continue to keep in contact with you over the coming months. 

Please see the Blue Knot website for any further information and our Helpline will still be active if you need to call and gain further support on the numbers below: 

Blue Knot Helpline 1300 657 380
National Counselling and Referral Service 1800 431 468


This full-day educational workshop, informed by current research, provides a safe space for people who have experienced abuse or trauma in childhood, to learn more about abuse and other traumas and how trauma experiences can affect people, at the time of the trauma, and afterwards.

 

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 to help them build on their strengths, understand their reactions and find better ways to cope and identify strategies for positive change. Participants will also receive information about finding and engaging good support, accessing helpful resources and self-care.

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.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

1. Learn about childhood trauma, how common it is and how prior trauma may explain and/or relate to current challenges with relationships, self-esteem, health, wellbeing and other life issues
2. Identify strengths, the ways people coped in childhood, the ways they are coping now and consider the possibility of change
3. Understand more about the brain, trauma and stress
4. Explore strategies to help steady emotions and levels of arousal including learning about triggers and how to recognise and better manage them 
5. Learn where to find help, how to care for oneself, how to interact in healthy ways, and explore possibilities for recovery 

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 and other relevant research.

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.