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Workshop Details

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

Cost: Free to attend


“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.”


“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.”


“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!”


“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.”


“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 


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.


12 Oct
Adina Apartment Hotel
189 Queen Street
Full - please email to be added to the waitlist


16 Nov
Adina Town Hall
511 Kent Street
Full - please email to be added to the waitlist


30 Nov
Rydges Southbank Townsville
23 Palmer Street,


29 Feb
Rydges Adelaide
1 South Terrace
Full - please email to be added to the waitlist


14 Mar
Hotel Grand Chancellor
29 Cameron Street


18 Apr
Adina Apartment Hotel
33 Mounts Bay Road
Full - please email to be added to the waitlist


23 May
Mantra on Northbourne
84 Northbourne Avenue
Full - please email to be added to the waitlist


20 Jun
Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
64 Cavenagh Street

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The information and resources on this site are provided for general education and as information and/or a guide only. They do not replace, and should not be used as a substitute for, counselling, therapy or other services, and should at no time be regarded or treated as professional advice of any kind. Personal needs and circumstances should always be carefully and thoroughly considered to determine the optimal approach in each individual case.